Knicks Rumors & News
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There are some major rumblings on the Knicks trade front despite Isiah Thomas‘ declaration the other day that all of his players are “untouchable.” Newsday calls the statement “Isiah-speak” for “everyone is touchable” and in particular notes that Seattle is entertaining offers for Luke Ridnour and Earl Watson. But that is just the tip of the iceberg.

zach-randolph1.jpgAccording to John Canzano of The Oregonian, the Knicks are shopping Zach Randolph (surprise, surprise) and the Milwaukee Bucks could be a landing spot. Canzano doesn’t mention what the Bucks might send back to New York, but I’m terrified that Maurice Williams – who is signed through 2013 – will be part of the package, or Dan Gadzuric, who is signed through 2011. I would much prefer a player such as Desmond Mason, whose deal expires after next season, and/or Bobby Simmons, whose deal expires following 2009/10. In general, it’s difficult to construct a particularly appealing deal involving the Bucks, though perhaps if Milwaukee is looking to import Z-Bo to the PF spot, they are willing to export Charlie Villanueva, whose contract and game is a better fit for the Knicks’ front court than the ball-hungry Randolph.

Meanwhile, in even crazier news, Mitch Lawrence of the Daily News reports today that the Rockets are looking to dump Tracy McGrady and the two years, $44 million remaining on his contract. Declining veteran with suspect health and bloated salary? Who ya gonna call? Zeke, of course, who likely would jump at the opportunity to swap Stephon Marbury‘s fallen star for his original man-crush, T-Mac, whom Thomas drafted as an executive in Toronto. Such a move would only further complicate the Knicks’ salary cap purgatory, but I think most observers are done trying to make sense of the Knicks.

Finally, Ken Berger of Newsday notes that the Knicks should be in discussions with the Philadelphia 76ers, who almost certainly will be active at the trade deadline as GM Ed Stefanski attempts to clear as much cap space as possible. That means guys like Andre Miller, Samuel Dalembert, and Reggie Evans are all likely available for expiring contracts. Of course, Fred Jones‘ $3.3 million is the only money set to come off the Knicks’ books this offseason, so I’m not sure quite what Kenny boy has in mind. Perhaps a swap of Jones along with Malik Rose, signed through 2008/09, in exchange for Dalembert, signed through 2010/11, would make some sense for both parties, but don’t hold your breath.

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