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Mobley holding up Knicks-Clippers trade (UPDATE)

Posted on: November 25, 2008 10:06 am
Edited on: November 25, 2008 12:42 pm

An apparent health issue involving Cuttino Mobley is holding up completion of the Knicks-Clippers trade that sent Zach Randolph and Mardy Collins to L.A. for Mobley and Tim Thomas.

Mobley and Thomas did not practice with the Knicks Monday, with the team saying "paperwork" on their physicals hadn't been completed. Mobley evidently has a long-standing heart issue that the teams he's played for have been aware of. It's never been an issue before, but the Knicks are doing their due diligence. They have until 6:30 p.m. EST to complete the trade, which can be voided if any player involved fails his physical.

The Knicks are extremely unlikely to scrap a trade that alllowed them to dump Randolph's $48 million remaining over three years.

UPDATED 12:42 p.m. EST: A person familiar with the trade negotiations told that Mobley's heart condition was widely known among team executives -- including Walsh -- and that the Knicks president could be trying to squeeze something else out of the Clippers. (Walsh covets Marcus Camby, whom Mike Dunleavy wouldn't part with in the initial deal that was agreed to Friday. Short of that, Walsh would like a draft pick since the Knicks' first-round pick in 2010 is committed to Utah.)

The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity, cautioned that Dunleavy would not sweeten the trade offer and "would walk away from the deal instead." This is a negotiating tactic more than anything. The Knicks do not want to jeopardize the cap-dumping benefit of trading Randolph. Mobley signed a waiver on the heart condition with his current contract, so the Knicks would have no financial risk. It's unlikely to be an issue anyway, as Mobley has never missed a game in his 11-year career due to the condition.


Category: NBA

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2008 2:28 pm

Mobley holding up Knicks-Clippers trade (UPDATE)

No Joke, please reread my post again. Who is arguing? I just wish the rule is to have all the physical test done first before making a trade. This way the players can continue playing until the time comes for them to play for their new team. Secondly, all I said was I lost my Fantasy match up last week and so far this week too just simply because Zach is not able to play because of another player's health problem. Who is arguing? I'm just stating the facts, the rule sucks.

Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: November 25, 2008 2:22 pm

Mobley holding up Knicks-Clippers trade (UPDATE)

Your fantasy team taking a dive has nothing to do with this trade. I can understand being pissed that players arent available for a game because it hurts their teams chance to win. I play fantasy sports but the reality is it is a fantasy don't bring fantasy emotions into the argument.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: November 25, 2008 1:55 pm

Mobley holding up Knicks-Clippers trade (UPDATE)

I can't stand this damn stupid rule that you can trade player(s) and have 48 hrs to make the deal goes through or not depending on their physical exam. I think it should be the other way round. The teams should have the latest physical test results of the player(s) first BEFORE they acquire them. This way, the player(s) can continue playing for the team until they are officially traded. I'm pissed off because Zach Randolph could have won me some categories for my Fantasy team but since he didn't play since last Friday, not only did I loose my match up for last week I'm also behind this week just simply because the Knicks have questions about Mobley's health.

Since: Aug 15, 2008
Posted on: November 25, 2008 12:29 pm

Mobley holding up Knicks-Clippers trade

Yeah. I agree. I'll be so mad if those guys don't play tonight against the Cavs! The Knicks are one of my favorite teams and I hope this trade is not voided. Besides, it's doubtful since they want to clear cap space for 2010.

Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: November 25, 2008 10:11 am

Pull the trigger! Make the Deal!

Come on, there's no way the Knicks don't pull the trigger, right???  All that matters is 2010, and Cuttino's contract expires then.  Gotta pull the trigger.

K-Berg...All-Star status already??  The Derrick Rose of the CBS game over heaaaaaa....

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