New York Makes A Trade With An Eye For The Future

The New York Knicks certainly made a splash on the trade front to start off this weekend as they traded Jamal Crawford to the Golden State Warriors for disgruntled forward Al Harrington; they made a trade later on, sending Zach Randolph and Mardy Collins to NBA purgatory the Los Angeles Clippers for Cuttino Mobley and Tim Thomas. At first glance, one might think why did the Knicks do this deal? Let’s dissect this one, shall we? Firstly, Donnie Walsh has always liked Harrington; both have a history back when Harrington and Walsh were with the Indiana Pacers a decade ago, yet I don’t think that he is in New York’s long-term plans, in light of his current contract (can you say “rent-a-player”?). There’s this thing that the Knicks has been working on since last season – big-time salary cap relief. One may also think why trade the best player on your team (Crawford) for Harrington? Again, it was for salary cap relief – pure and simple. Randolph and Collins to the Clippers? Pretty much for the same reason. Then there’s the Stephon Marbury factor; expect the Knicks to release him at any time, which frees up even more money for the future. Folks, the Knicks are looking at the big picture with these transactions – the big picture being one LeBron James. It’s no big secret that the Knicks have coveted James for what seems like forever, and they are simply firing the pre-emptive strikes to get their man; so in essence, New York is sacrificing 2008 and probably 2009 in order to get James. Also keep in mind...