"...Charlotte's D.J. Augustin is currently struggling with Brown's Play The Right Way edict, which could be a good thing for the Knicks. Augustin remains a player of interest for the Knicks, who, according to a team source, had extensive talks last season with the Bobcats regarding a deal for the second-year guard out of Texas.Knick fans complain about bad drafting, huh? Anyone understand why the Bobcats took Augustin to begin with?
"He was part of a bigger deal," the source said. "But I know the Knicks like him very much."
Knicks president Donnie Walsh declined to discuss his level of interest in Augustin, although it is no secret that Walsh and Brown, friends for many years, talk regularly. According to a source, Brown is open to trading Augustin but has been overruled by Michael Jordan.
"He hasn't defended like he needs to defend," Brown said recently. "He hasn't made shots. He hasn't distributed the ball..."
Again, any deal with Augustin would have to include a extending contract after this season and because salaries would have to match. You would figure the Bobcats would have interest in Wilson Chandler and if the Knicks throw in Marcus Landry's contract after December 25, when Landry is eligible to be dealt, then it could work.
You could also fan it out to a bigger deal that could possible include Jared Jeffries and a combination of Augustin, Acie Law and Flip Murray although Law can't be traded until January 15 as he was part of the Stephen Jackson deal. Of course a third team could get involved as well.
With the Jonathan Bender signing, it seems clear that Walsh is primed to make a move come January 2010.