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Knicks may be interested in Iguodala, Gibson, Varejao

Dec 21, 2010, 6:16 PM EDT

Boobie Gibson

It’s no secret that the Knicks are hoping and expecting to land Carmelo Anthony before the February 24th trade deadline. However, it looks like the Nuggets may prefer to deal with the Nets, who can offer the Nuggets more than the Knicks can. According to Chris Broussard of ESPN.com, the Knicks aren’t planning to sit on their hands if they fail to land Anthony:

So if the Knicks can’t trade for Anthony by the Feb. 24 trade deadline, they’ve got two other potential Plan Bs in mind.

In one, they may go after Philadelphia’s Andre Iguodala, who would seem to fit nicely in Mike D’Antoni’s system. Eddy Curry’s expiring contract and one other player might be enough to pry Iguodala away from the Sixers, though Philadelphia doesn’t want to give away its top player in a mere salary dump.

The Knicks’ other scenario would potentially bring Cleveland’s proven role players Anderson Varejao and Daniel “Boobie” Gibson to Madison Square Garden. The Knicks are aware of their need for more toughness inside and Varejao would provide that. And Gibson could fill the backup point guard spot the Knicks have been looking to upgrade.

Iguodala would be a calculated risk. His athleticism and package of skills could make him a perfect fit for D’Antoni’s system, but he’s picked up some bad habits as a #1 option in Philadelphia — his True Shooting percentage has been lower than 54% for the last two seasons, and he’s spent far too much time pounding the ball on the perimeter and launching ill-advised jumpers.

Gibson and Varejao don’t have Iguodala’s star potential, but there’s far less risk associated with them. Gibson is a proven three-point gunner who’s made huge strides as a playmaker and all-around scorer this season — in fact, he may be the only Cleveland player who has improved offensively after the departure of LeBron James. Varejao is excellent at moving without the ball, a good finisher inside, and a furious rebounder and defender, something the Knicks saw when Varejao held Amar’e Stoudemire in check during the Cavs’ recent win over the Knicks.

The only real trade chips the Knicks have in these deals, assuming they’re not willing to part with Landry Fields or Wilson Chandler, are Eddy Curry and the talented but mercurial Anthony Randolph. With a lockout looming, financial flexibility may not be as attractive as it once was, so we’ll see if the Knicks can land a player who hasn’t made it publicly known that he wants out.

  1. jbk1234 - Dec 22, 2010 at 12:07 AM

    Gibson and Andy are the Cavs two best players (sad but true). I don’t know what the Knicks could give up that would entice the Cavs to part with them. AV is coveted player around the league and the Cavs could probably do much better than anything that NY could offer. I don’t see it happening.

  2. downtowndanny - Dec 22, 2010 at 1:00 AM

    you obviously go with Sideshow Bob and Boobie (that sounds like it should be on Adult Swim doesn’t it?) those would be great building blocks and they still end up with Melo via free agency…. A.I (the 2nd) ends up in the west….you heard it here 1st

  3. takemytalentstosoutheuclid - Dec 22, 2010 at 5:56 AM

    There is zero chance the Cavs will trade Varajao. Believe that. He is the coach’s favorite player, fitting perfectly in Byron Scott’s Princeton offense. He may be the only untouchable player on the Cavs at this point. Gibson could probably be had, but not for Eddy Curry or Randolph, who would both be a poor fit in the offense here in Cleveland.

  4. leearmon - Dec 22, 2010 at 10:05 AM

    I find it funny the Cavs have an “untouchable” player the way their season is going, bottom line Anderson makes too much money for a team in need of rebuilding. If they can get an extra $12 million under the cap (via the Fat Eddy trade) and presumably get another 1st round pick (or just straight up Anthony Randolph) Cleveland MUST do it. I dont see too many teams knocking on the door for Andy, although a great player for his skill set. From the Knicks perspective, I was hoping more for an O.J. Mayo, Marc Gasol pkg, but this Boobie and Varejao trade would do just fine, but we’ll see whether its true or just another poor rumor by the sports media.

  5. pittsburghcavaliers - Dec 22, 2010 at 10:52 AM

    The Cavs aren’t going to get very far with the roster they have, but Gibson and Varejao are two of the only players worth keeping. I’ll admit Andy’s contract isn’t all that great, but he’s playing out of position. The guy is a natural PF, there is just NO talent at the C position on this team. Ryan Hollins is a poor excuse for a 7 footer and the next guy on the list is 6′ 9” JJ Hickson! Trade away these two players for a 1st rd pick and/or Randolph and Curry and the Cavs would be even more likely to win the lottery for the worst draft of the decade. Great time to be a Cavs fan . . .

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