I wonder how often a team with a winning record trades away their two leading scorers? Well, it's happened once, at least. And that one time was today.
The Knicks traded away Zach Randolph (20.5 PPG, 12.5 RPG) and Jamal Crawford (19.6 PPG, 4.4 APG) to the Clippers and the Warriors, respectively.
Returning to the Knicks are Cuttino Mobley (13.7 PPG), Tim Thomas (9.5 PPG, 4.6 RPG) and Al Harrington (12.4 PPG, 5.6 RPG). Mardy Collins (2.2 PPG) is heading to the Clippers as well.
Now, I understand that Randolph has had his issues both on and off the court. But call a spade a spade: this is a move to free cap room for Lebron James when he becomes a free agent...in 2010!
2010! What in the blue hell? You trade your two best scorers so you can make a run at a free agent 2 years from now? That's insane. No one on ESPN, or any other outlet that I've seen, is actually reporting how this deal makes this Knicks team any better. Does it? I have absolutely no idea. But I'm not paid to know. These people are.
I get it. There's money involved. Yea, thanks. 27 million? I don't need that said over and over again, I get it.
To make this trade at 6-5...I dunno. What guarantee is there that Lebron will sign in New York? Especially if there's nothing else around him once 2010 comes around.
Update: Stephen A. Smith just ballyhooed this deal. A great deal! The Knicks aren't winning anything this year...in the East. The same East that saw the Hawks come out last year. It's not exactly a juggernaut on my side of the country. No chance the Knicks could compete?
The fact that SAS disagrees with me convinces me I'm right.
So, I was just wondering how this affects my fantasy team. I have Stephen Jackson and Anthony Morrow, as well as Wilson Chandler and David Lee. Does Morrow lose time? Do Crawford's minutes cut into Jackson's? Do all 3 see the court at the same time?
Does Wilson Chandler go to 6th man with Harrington in now? Do they see the court at the same time?
These are the things I really need to know! Someone smarter than me, chime in.