Just minutes after LeBron announced his decision to head South, Donnie Walsh made something out of nothing when he signed and traded David Lee rather than letting him walk for nothing.
Most Knicks fans weren't happy with the return for this trade, but that's probably because they're not familiar with the players.
This was a STEAL.
Knicks fans will look back at this in 10 years and wonder how the hell they pulled it off.
First off, 20-year-old Anthony Randolph has quietly become one of the NBA's rising stars, and he fits so perfectly into Mike D'Antoni's system.
Randolph is extremely quick and athletic. He has an excellent mid-range jumper, rebounding and shot-blocking ability.
In other words, think of him as a taller Rudy Gay.
However, because he fell out of favor in Golden State his minutes were limited, which is what has kept him from being recognized as one of the NBA's rising stars.
While he is still very raw, he has superstar potential and he complements Amar'e Stoudemire perfectly.
However, Walsh picked up more than just Randolph in this trade.
He also brought in swingman Kelenna Azubuike who is an excellent fit for D'Antoni's system and the State of New York as a whole.
Azubuike is one of the hardest workers in the NBA. He worked his way from the D-Leagues to averaging 14 points per game in Golden State.
However, he has been thrown aside throughout his career. He is a great defender and shooter, and his heart is huge.
Mark my words he will become a fan favorite in New York. He's a guy who reminds you of John Starks.
Then, the final pickup in this trade may have been the most important—Ronny Turiaf.
With the acquisitions of Randolph and Stoudemire, the Knicks needed that big man who plugs up the middle. They got that in Turiaf.
Turiaf is known for his rebounding and defense, which are the traits the Knicks so desperately needed out of the third big man to be rotated in.
From what I've read, Turiaf is also a great teammate.
All three of these guys seem to have been discounted due to the fact that they played in Golden State, but the Knicks seriously benefited from this trade.
They got one of the NBA's rising stars, and two of the NBA's best teammates.