– So the news of the day is that if the Knicks don’t land Carmelo at the trade deadline, they might be looking to move Eddy Curry’s expiring contract for two Cavs players, namely Daniel Gibson and Anderson Varejao. The way I see it, the only players the Knicks would be able to sweeten the pot with are Anthony Randolph and Andy Rautins.
I’m one of the biggest Anthony Randolph apologists in the world, but even I’d have trouble mustering any excitement for him at this point. He’s not a rookie, he’s a poor finisher inside, he’s in love with a mid-range jumper he can’t make, and he takes too many plays off on defense to be the game-changer he should be on that end. And he doesn’t play without the ball enough. There’s a 90% chance he’ll never be anywhere near as good as Varejao because he doesn’t realize how an energy big should play, a 5% chance he’ll make up for that with his skills and be about as good, a 4.9999 percent chance that he’ll put it together and be a key to the future, and a very small chance that he will evolve into the ultimate weapon and break zone defenses with his mind. Also, the team already has one J.J. Hickson. Although a Hickson/Randolph frontcourt would certainly be intriguing. But bad. I need to stop thinking about this.
As for Andy Rautins, I do not think he will get this team back to the NBA Finals.
Suffice it to say that I don’t love this deal, especially with the Cavs being a less-than-attractive free agency destination right now, the Knicks having no draft picks to speak of, and nobody knowing what free agency will look like next season. Until tomorrow.