Great post by Alvino. We talked about the Nets stuff, I don't see the Nets getting involved but they do REALLY like David Lee. The Knicks, I feel, are happy not to have Harris' contract on the books. Harris also struggles shooting from the perimeter, a must for a PG in this system.
And to piggyback on Chris' thoughts on the ESPN piece I found this entertaining.
"...Mitigating Factor: Knicks GM Donnie Walsh has been offering Al Harrington around for ECs (expiring contracts), then insisting the other team takes Curry or Jeffries, as well. Gee, thanks, Donnie! Really, you're throwing one of them in for me free of charge? How nice of you! He's the annoying guy in your fantasy league whose e-mails you finally just start deleting. Donnie, you need to get a little more realistic. And soon..."Realistic? Okay whattaya got?
"...Tracy McGrady's EC to the Knicks; Randolph, Eddy Curry and Cuttino Mobley's EC to Houston; Gallinari to the Warriors. New York wipes Curry off the books. Houston takes a $10 million hit next year for a chance to hit superstar pay dirt with Randolph. Golden State gets something for Randolph before he inadvertently sabotages his trade value for good by crying during all five games of a road trip. And Gallinari realizes his destiny as a NellieBaller. Everyone wins..."or
"...Bosh/Evans/Banks to Dallas for Erik Dampier (team option for 2010-11, making him valuable since he can be used as an EC for a summer trade to a team that would then waive him to chop payroll) and Josh Howard (EC). I like this one because it keeps Toronto competitive for 2009-10 and again this summer if they want to flip Dampier (for instance, they could send him to New York for a Gallinari/Curry package). And for Dallas … I mean … could you win the title with Dirk, Bosh, Marion, Kidd and Terry as your crunch-time five? I feel like you could. Even with Dirk's hair looking like it does..."Got it...but wait. Erick Dampier signed a 7 year/73 million dollar deal (reportedly) in 2004-05. Some sites like hoopsworld state that the last year of his deal is non-guaranteed. Others, like ESPN themselves, say that Dampier is unrestricted in 2011. I'm confused since ESPN just updated on December 16th.
Listen, no one has been more adamant that the team would have to trade an asset in order to get rid of Curry. Hey, if a team would view Jordan Hill as the key to moving Curry, of course you consider it. Jeffries not so much. Sadly, Jeffries is still very much a media punchline...but the joke isn't all that funny anymore.
Gallinari, however, should be in zero discussions.