The Knicks have officially pulled off one important trade today, sending Jamal Crawford west for Al Harrington, making some room for the vaunted Summer of 2010. Various outlets are saying, though, that Donnie Walsh isn't done. Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reports that the Knicks might have a deal in place to send Zach Randolph to Dallas or L.A. with Jerry Stackhouse, Tim Thomas and/or Cuttino Mobley also changing places. Meanwhile, Newsday's Alan Hahn has the following line in a blog post:
The Knicks haven't announced anything yet and I'm told by an NBA source that is because the Knicks may not be done yet today....
Four dots? Whoa! Something must be up. Still, Randolph has been involved in myriad trade rumors since the summer, when his value was at an all-time low. As he has produced well under Mike D'Antoni, it only makes sense that the suitors would come calling. Walsh's plan paid off, apparently.
The key takeaway, however, is the new knowledge that (as compadre Nate Jones put it) Walsh is not messing around when it comes to 2010 cap space! The Crawford move alone gets N.Y. close to the needed cap level to pursue a max '10 player. Losing Randolph leaves Walsh with a little extra space to make the team desirable to free agents. The Knicks are alive, man.