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Report: Knicks have deal for 1st rounder on table

Posted on: January 13, 2011 4:28 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2011 5:05 pm
Knicks reportedly have deal in place to obtain a first-round pick for Anthony Randolph should they elect to pursue a Carmelo Anthony trade. 
Posted by Matt Moore

The Knicks have a "contingent" deal in place to trade Anthony Randolph to the Minnesota Timberwolves for a first-round pick in the 2011 draft, according to a report from the New York Post .  The deal hasn't gone through yet due to Donnie Walsh being unsure about pursuing a trade for Carmelo Anthony, the only reason the Knicks want that pick. The Knicks have been pursuing the Randolph trade for months in case they can manage to get Denver to relent and open discussions (or if the Nuggets get so mad at the Nets as to open such discussions ). 

Randolph has been a disappointment his entire career. First in Golden State, where it was thought his problems were solely the result of Don Nelson's mismanagement, and now in New York, where the hyper-athletic youngster can't find time in Mike D'Antoni's system, which rewards hyper-athletic youngsters. He has pitifully low basketball IQ, difficulty with focus and has shown little to no playmaking ability. It's been the biggest disappointment for the Knicks in the last few months, which isn't bad considering how many pitches they've thrown. 

A first-round pick wouldn't be a bad asset to obtain for Randolph, even if Walsh and D'Antoni decided Melo was too much of a hassle to begin with. With no 2012 pick, as it was traded to the Rockets, nabbing two players in the top 20 would benefit the Knicks' depth. Additionally, should the pick be top-three protected, for example, it would provide them with an opportunity for a 2012 replacement pick, which would suit them fine, particularly since the Wolves seem to be headed nowhere near .500 in the short-term, Ricky Rubio or no Ricky Rubio. 

So Walsh may have the deal in place to start making moves. But with the Knicks still looking strong in the playoff hunt, he waits. This one may go down to the deadline wire on whether it goes through or not. 

Since: May 3, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2011 3:15 pm

Report: Knicks have deal for 1st rounder on table

Seems like 'urgirlwitmenow' (<-- he wishes) is on every knick report trying to downplay any speculation that benefits the franchise. Must be a little bitter about Amar'e leaving his pathetic Suns and reviving New York. Suns are in for a long rebuilding process, hope you have the patience for that. Us Knick fans have gone through our share and now it's about that time we are rewarded.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2011 7:26 pm

Report: Knicks have deal for 1st rounder on table

The pick is guaranteed to be Lottery and top 20 it may be a while before you can cash in this pick. T'Wolves are not that dumb.

Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2011 6:12 pm

Report: Knicks have deal for 1st rounder on table

I'm not sure why Walsh is even waiting to get rid of Randolph. If you can get a first round pick for him then just do it. D'Antoni doesn't like him and won't play him. Even if they don't use the pick as trade bait, find someone in the draft that can contribute, isn't that why you have a scouting department?

Since: Feb 18, 2010
Posted on: January 13, 2011 6:09 pm

Report: Knicks have deal for 1st rounder on table

i'd trade randolph for a bag of peanuts and a beer. i mean we essentially got him for nothing (we were losing david lee anyway) so whatever we get for him is beneficial. as long as we not getting an eddy curry 2.0 in return

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: January 13, 2011 4:55 pm

Report: Knicks have deal for 1st rounder on table

Randolph, who never plays,  for a perennial lotttery pick? NO BRAINER!

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