New Yuck Knicks: Free Up Space for POSSIBLE Signing of LeBron? What About Now?

Ari KramerSenior Analyst IINovember 22, 2008

Yes, LeBron James would give an entire new look to the Knicks.

The only problem is this: If Donnie Walsh is even able to sign the King, it won't be until 2010.

Walsh knew that he needed to free up cap space if he wanted to bring LeBron to New York, so he traded the two best players on his team for players whose contracts will run out prior to the 2010-11 season.

On Friday, news broke about rumors of sending Jamal Crawford to Golden State for Al Harrington. The deal was finalized in the early hours of the afternoon, as Walsh was already trying to execute another deal with the Clippers. He later sent Zach Randolph to Los Angeles for Cuttino Mobley and former Knick, Tim Thomas.

Even though I knew that Walsh made these trades as an investment toward signing LeBron, I could not comprehend why the Knicks tried so hard to give themselves a new face this for this season.

After Isiah Thomas was fired, the Knicks signed Walsh as their general manager and Mike D'Antoni as their coach.

This was the "New Look Knicks" instead of the "New York Knicks."

For the next two seasons, they will be the "New Yuck Knicks."

You don't trade away your best player when your team is actually playing well. Jamal Crawford straight-up for Al Harrington is just a terrible deal.

Although Harrington's contract is set to expire during the same offseason as LeBron's, Crawford is only due $10 million in 2010-11.

One writer on Bleacher Report said that if Eddy Curry and Jared Jeffries pick up their options with the Knicks for 2010, the two will be owed a combined $17 million.

There is no reason for the Knicks to want Curry and Jeffries back for 2010, so they should give them the Stephon Marbury treatment for the next two seasons, make them want to leave, and keep Crawford.

Too late.

It is a shame to see Crawford gone. He was by far the most vital to the Knicks early success and averaged 19.6 points, 4.4 assists, and hit over three treys per game for a percentage of 45.5.

Harrington did not shoot well from the floor over the course of last season and he has struggled during the five games that he has played this season. He is a decent three-point shooter, but only has a 5.8 per game rebounding average for his career.

Trading away Randolph is understandable. Until the first 10 games of this season, he was no more than a cancer on the court. He has always been a selfish, shoot-first kind of player.

I am able to trust Donnie Walsh enough to believe that Mobley and Thomas were the best players that they could receive in return for Randolph.

I trust Donnie Walsh that he could not trade Randolph for Lamar Odom, whom the Lakers want to trade by the deadline in February. Odom's contract expires after this season, but if the Knicks kept Crawford and were able to have a player like Odom for this season, they would still be playoff contenders.

Now you have to think that the Knicks' playoff hopes are lower than Eddy Curry refusing the temptation of eating Snickers bars on the bench.

Tim Thomas spent less than two seasons with the Knicks. He played well, but is now four years older.

Mobley has been a scorer his entire career but is 33 years old.

Hopefully, the Knicks will be successful in bringing in LeBron. Rumors say that they may be able to sign Dwayne Wade or Chris Bosh as well.

If they are unsuccessful, Knicks fans will remember Nov. 21, 2008 as the day that Donnie Walsh brought the Knicks back to New Yuck.