Knicks Rumors & News
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After the Cleveland Cavaliers landed point guard Mo Williams, from the Milwaukee Bucks, rumors surfaced that the Cavs were interested in a Knicks big man. Zach Randolph was nearly traded to the Bucks at the trade deadline last the season and Donnie Walsh had discussions with the Los Angles Clippers about Zebo earlier this off-season. Mike Brown is a defensive minded coach and Randolph is not known for his defense. However, he is a legit low-post scorer and has averaged 20 points-10 rebounds in a season. The Cavs averaged only 96.4 points per game, which ranked 24th in the NBA.

Walsh feels Randolph (and his max contract) would be better on another team.  With LeBron James running the show in Cleveland, the hope would be Randolph would fall in line and re-energize the player who looked lazy for the Knicks at the end of last season

The Cavs traded former first overall pick Joe Smith in the Mo Williams deal. Smith played a key role averaging 20 minutes per game during their  playoff run. The Cavs need a scoring option at the four and Zebo is a clear upgrade over Anderson Varejo in the post. Center, Zydrunas Ilgauskas is 33-years old and Ben Wallace is turning 34 during the season. Randolph is just 27-years old year and has averaged 16 points and 8 rebounds for his career. However, it has been difficult moving Zebo because of his contract that has three years left on at $48 million (owed $14.6 in 2008-2009)

Three players on the Cavs roster who the Knicks could seemingly get in return would be: Delonte West, New York native Wally Szczerbiak and Ben Wallace. Although, Wally and Ben are more favorable trade options because of their current contracts.

Delonte West: Looks to be the odd man out with the acquisition of Mo Williams. West is a restricted free agent and is looking for $5 million dollars a year. The Cavs have offered $4 million and could be packaged in a sign-and-trade. The 6’3” guard averaged 11 points and played 38 minutes per game for the Cavs in the conference semi-finals. With Stephon Marbury’s contract up after this season, the 25-year old could be his replacement.

Wally Szczerbiak: Head Coach Mike D’Antoni favors shooters and Wally has the ability to light it up. Wally has only played 80 or more games three times in his career but has averaged 15 points for his career while draining 521 shots from downtown. The 10-year veteran has made 40% of his three-pointers and scored a career best 20.1 points in 05-06. He has one year left on his deal valued at $13 million.

Ben Wallace: A player Former GM/Coach Isiah Thomas has coveted in the past. Big Ben is owed $14.5 million this season and $14 mill the year after. From the Cavs standpoint, he would be player they would most want to deal due to the emergence of of 2008 first round pick J.J. Hickson in the Las Vegas Summer League. The 6″9″, Hickson averaged 19.4 points, pulled down nearly eight boards and shot 53% from the field in Vegas. The Cavs also have second round pick Darnell Jackson who they obtained from the Miami Heat on draft night. Wallace’s salary expires just in time for the free agent frenzy in the summer of 2010. The former four time defensive player of the year’s skills are declining as his rebounds, steals, and blocks have gone down in each of the last three seasons. He has battled injuries the past two seasons and his playoff numbers have declined drastically. While with the Detroit Pistons, he had playoff averages of 14 and 16 rebounds per game while blocking two-three shots. Wallace also happens to be the only player in NBA history to record 1,000 rebounds, 100 blocks, and 100 steals in 4 consecutive seasons. Even though it is unlikely Wallace will reach those totals again, he could still provide the Knicks with a defensive presence, toughness, and, rebounding

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