Knicks Trade Zach Randolph to Clippers for Tim Thomas, Cuttino Mobley
As anticipated, the Knicks have shifted yet another cap-sapping starter in anticipation of the summer of LeBron. By trading Zach Randolph to the Los Angeles Clippers for Cuttino Mobley and Tim Thomas, New York have put themselves in a position to potentially offer two maximum deals in 2010, at which time LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all hit the market.
In the interim, however, things aren’t going to be pretty in MSG. With the ‘Bockers finally starting to turn a corner on the court, fans in NYC can’t be happy that management has made a firm commitment to mediocrity for the next season or two. While it’s certainly a decent long-term move given King James’ tacit suggestions that he’d be open to playing in the Big Apple, it still chafes a tad to see the team’s leading scorer (20.5 ppg) and rebounder (12.5 rpg) leave town for two underwhelming players.
As always, we want to hear what you think about the move. Does this deal make sense for the Clippers? Do the Knicks have a real shot at luring LeBron James to town when his deal with the Cavs is up? Do New York have any chance of making the playoffs this season without Z-Bo manning the middle?