SI.com's Ian Thomasen reported last night that the Knicks and Clippers were discussing a swap involving Zach Randolph, but that Knicks president Donnie Walsh pulled out of the talks. Newsday's Alan Hahn confirms it on his blog.
It's not as dumb as it seems. With the Clippers under the cap, the trade would not have to match salaries, and the Clips apparently only offered a second-round pick. The Knicks seem to still be very interested in the trade, but want to get something more in return.
Another report said the trade was Tim Thomas and Cuttino Mobley for Zach, which I think would be a good trade. Thomas and Mobley both come off the books in 2010. I would assume "The Cat" would fit in well with Mike D'Antoni's system, and Thomas played for the former Suns coach in Phoenix.
I think I'd do the trade no matter what LA offered, if I were Walsh. You get out from under the monstrously bad contract that Randolph has and Randolph, who is a black hole on offense sometimes, does not seem to be a piece that will fit into D'Antoni's scheme.
Odds are that Walsh waits until he can get Mobley, Thomas and a pick for Randolph. Or is he hoping to be able to add another player from the Knicks roster into the trade to get rid of even more salary?