Knicks Not Done: Randolph Dealt Too
Now this one was certainly a cap move as the Knicks dealt their leading scorer and rebound Zach Randolph for Tim Thomas and Cuttino Mobley. Randolph is 20th in the league with 20.5 points per game and third with 12.5 rebounds. He actually takes a step back in terms of fantasy value as his rebounds are certain to decrease playing with Chris Kaman and Marcus Camby. Kaman and Camby’s rebounding will likely take a hit. He is a great low post scorer so I don’t see that taking too big of a hit, especially with Baron Davis setting him up. Kaman will also likely see less scoring opportunities. Mardy Collins is also moving on to L.A., but I don’t see him being much of a factor. For the Knicks this opens things up for Al Harrington and David Lee. Tim Thomas excelled in Mike D’Antoni’s system in Phoenix so I expect a little bump in his production. Cuttino Mobley joins a crowded frontcourt with Chris Duhon, Nate Robinson, Quentin Richardson, and Winston Chandler. I don’t see much of a change in what Mobley brought to the table with the Clippers.
So the Knicks dealt their top two scorers in one day. They brought in some pieces in Al Harrington, Tim Thomas, and Cuttino Mobley that should allow them to continue their improved play. They may not make the playoffs, but you have to admit Donnie Walsh has them moving in the right direction. He’s cleaning up Isiah Thomas’ mess. In 2010 when LeBron becomes a free agent, the Knicks will actually be in the position to go after him. How about that for a change? The Knicks are making moves that make sense for their future instead of making bad choices for the present so somebody (Thomas) can hold on to his job longer.
I wish the Timberwolves would see the progress the Knicks have made and cut ties with Kevin McHale, who has driven the franchise to the ground. That’s a debate for another day. Right now I’d like to say Well Done Knicks. Well Done.