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Knicks, Rockets talking swap for Anthony Randolph, first-rounder

Dec 11, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

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So the Knicks could be getting back their first round pick which they traded to Houston for Tracy McGrady in order to get more cap space to try and sign LeBron James/Dwyane Wade/Chris Bosh. Instead they signed Amar’e Stoudemire and traded David Lee to Golden State (sign-and-trade) for Anthony Randolph, Ronny Turiaf, and Kelenna Azubuike. With Randolph unable to work his way into the rotation again, proving that it wasn’t all Don Nelson’s fault, the Knicks now have an opportunity to trade Randolph for a first round pick back in order to help them trade it to get Carmelo Anthony.

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The New York Daily News reports that an offer is on the table to send Anthony Randolph to Houston for a New York first-round pick. The Knicks have been shut out of any trade conversations with the Nuggets about Anthony because they don’t have their pick to send.  Getting a pick back might go a long way in talking the Nuggets (who are considering Melo… again), and would give the Knicks the superstar combo they’ve been pursuing since this summer. The Rockets own the Knicks 2012 first rounder, and it’s not known at this time whether it would be Houston’s 2011 first rounder (which they can swap with the Knicks -which seems unlikely given how their seasons have gone), or the Knicks’ 2012 pick.

For Randolph, it’s a shame he’s never been able to put together his considerable skillset with the necessary basketball IQ to stay on the floor. His athleticism is off the charts and he’s still young, but his lack of composure and floor knowledge makes him a liability too often. He’s turnover prone and gets lost on the defensive end, two things which coaches absolutely hate. But Rick Adelman has helped make Jordan Hill into a serviceable NBA player, and they’ve had luck with lost projects. Taking on Randolph might be worth the pick to the Rockets.

The Knicks simply will not give up on the prospect of adding a high-usage, moderate-efficiency scorer with poor defensive principles who will take shots from the underrated All-Star that’s helped lead them to a seven game win-streak. Sounds about right.

  1. mustbenugs - Dec 11, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    But Matt – and hopefully you can follow up with me – if all they’d be able to offer is an expiring Curry contract, and a 1st round, the Nuggets wont want to do it. Who do you think they’d really want to bunch with that 1st round… or do you really think thats all they’d settle for? Because I’ll tell you that it seems like Nuggets management respects us as fans, and I don’t think they’d do that. Most of us are fine with the Nets trade.

    • nuggetsfan15 - Dec 11, 2010 at 6:30 PM

      Mustbenugs- They can offer more, they can offer curry a 1st round pick and gallinari who people think is a young dirk which sucks for the nuggets cause he’s not, they also could offer fields

  2. nuggetsfan15 - Dec 11, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    And to the guys who wrote this, are you a knicks fan? Do you really not want melo? The knicks plan was to be able to compete for a championship, sure they’re playing good but look at who they have played. You might have to give up randolph and Curry who both don’t play, and Gallinari who is way overrated to get arguably the best scorer in the game and one of the top two closers, you poor baby, if your upset you might get Carmelo then maybe you should find a new team you ungrateful fan

  3. nuggetsfan15 - Dec 11, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    think about the nuggets fans, they might have to lose melo and get Gallinari back? really Gallinari to replace their franchise player? and you are complaining? wow

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