NBA Trade Speculation: 5 Potential Targets New York Knicks Should Avoid

Dan Favale@@danfavaleFeatured ColumnistOctober 27, 2011

NBA Trade Speculation: 5 Potential Targets New York Knicks Should Avoid

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    Chris Paul may top the New York Knicks wish list, but they may be forced to explore other options, a task that could become dangerous.

    Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire are ready to win now, so if it becomes clear Paul isn't a viable option, the Knicks will shift their focus to other prominent targets.

    While it is imperative New York doesn't put all its eggs in one basket, as they shop around they are susceptible to falling victim to heralded names that may not be the best fit for the team.

    Now that Donnie Walsh is gone, their is no clear-cut unclouded judge of talent in terms of trades, so the Knicks must be cautious heading into negotiations.

    And avoid certain ones at all cost.

Luke Ridnour of Minnesota Timberwolves

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    Should the Knicks come to find they are out of the running for Chris Paul, Luke Ridnour may be a name that pops up on their radar.

    The Timberwolves are high on Ricky Rubio, meaning they may not have much to desire to keep the 30-year-old Ridnour on board much longer. He serves as a good backup, but if the right deal came along, the team could opt to continue to get younger or obtain an expiring contract.

    While the Knicks have a clear need for a future point guard if Paul becomes unattainable, Ridnour is not the answer. He averaged 11.8 points and 5.4 assists in over 30 minutes per game last season, but he is aging and a terrible defender.

    New York may not be known for its defense, but they certainly need a defensive upgrade at the point moving forward. Additionally, with Ridnour at the helm, the Knicks are hardly title contenders. Perhaps if they get a prolific center in addition, but names like Dwight Howard and Marc Gasol probably aren't options if the Knicks pursue Ridnour.

    What would Ridnour cost? It depends on how much the Timberwolves value him. They could insist on Landry Fields and Toney Douglas, or perhaps would be enticed by Billups' expiring deal. Either scenario is too high a price.

    If the Knicks find themselves in true need of a point guard that isn't Paul, they would be better off holding out until next summer, when Raymond Felton could enter the fold again.

    Ridnour is not the solution to any of the Knicks backcourt issues.

Marcus Camby of Portland Trail Blazers

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    Marcus Camby is a player the New York Knicks never should have gave up on. That being said, he is a potential trade target that they would do best to avoid.

    Camby is appealing for a few reasons. He is a defensive guru, great rebounder and his $9.3 million contract comes off the books after next season. However, let's not forget the baggage Camby comes with.

    At 37, and with a history of injuries, Camby may not have the type of season where he averaged 10.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game like last year. Yes, he is athletic, but he hasn't played in 65 or more games in any of the past four seasons.

    Let's also not forget that when he was on the trading block last season, Camby said he would contemplate retirement if traded.

    Furthermore, who are the Knicks going to have to relinquish to obtain the center? Any combination of Landry Fields, Toney Douglas and Iman Shumpert is a bad deal because of how young they are. It's different if we are talking about Steve Nash, who has the ability to make the Knicks a contender, but Camby doesn't.

    This is not to say the Knicks do not need a center, because they do, but the risk surrounding Camby is far greater than any dividends he could pay, and almost any cost is too high a price.

    It was unwise of New York to deal Camby back in 2002, but it would be even more of a mistake to bring him back now.

Chris Kaman of Los Angeles Clippers

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    With the emergence of DeAndre Jordan, and Chris Kaman prepared to enter free agency next summer, the Los Angeles Clippers may decide to move the 7-foot center.

    With a clear need at center, the Knicks may decide to inquire about Kaman's services, since he may come relatively cheap given the Clippers are set down low. Before New York adds Los Angeles to its speed dial though, they should take a second look and realize Kaman isn't the center they need.

    Kaman averaged 12.4 points, seven rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game last season. He is a strong defender and an intimidating presence in the low-post, who is also a capable scorer.

    However, given the Knicks run-and-gun system, they need a center who is more explosive, rather than overwhelmingly dominant. What's the difference?


    New York needs a big man who can run the and play well in transition, criteria that Kaman just doesn't fit. His presence would slow the Knicks down, specifically on offense, more than Anthony did upon his arrival.

    New York is not exactly latent with big man, but that doesn't warrant chasing the wrong one.

    And Kaman would be the wrong one.

Brandon Roy of Portland Trail Blazers

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    Despite the emergence of Landry Fields, and drafting Iman Shumpert, the shooting guard situation for New York is still up on the air.

    As a result, the Knicks are bound to keep their eyes open to see if any appealing ones wind up on the trading block. 

    Brandon Roy is a player who may wind up on the chopping block and catch the Knicks attention in the process. That being said, hopefully the only feeling New York experiences in regards to Roy is a sense of deterrence.

    For his career, Roy has averaged 19 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. He is a prolific scorer, but is under an immensely lucrative contract.

    Additionally, Roy is coming off an injury plagued season in which he averaged only  12.2 points per game. At only 27, we would like to think such meager production isn't a sign of things to come, but in all reality, it could be. And this is why Portland would shop him in the first place.

    Roy's contract, proneness to injury and slip in production means the Blazers may not be looking for much in return, and while he was once thought to be a premiere shooting guard, he is now more of a name rather than a talent.

    And the Knicks and their fans swore the days of strictly name chasing were over.

Tony Parker of San Antonio Spurs

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    Tony Parker's name has been one that has been floating around the Knicks locker room for a couple of seasons now, and hopefully that is the closest the team will ever come to boasting his presence in the rotation.

    Parker is an extremely talented point guard. He averaged 17.5 points, 6.6 assists and 1.2  assists per game last season. He is an efficient floor general and solid defender, and has remained one of the league's top point guards for more than half a decade.

    So if it is in fact true that Parker and the San Antonio Spurs have fallen out of favor with each other, why shouldn't the Knicks pursue him?

    Parker isn't exactly old, but he is going on 30 next spring, which is warning sign for any player. That being said, he also does not fit in with New York's game plan all that well.

    Parker is not that big of a threat from beyond the arc, and he tends to be a bit turnover prone, especially in transition. The Knicks seven seconds or less system is like ongoing transition offense, meaning that Parker may not be the best point guard to direct it.

    The Knicks would be better off if they avoid Parker negotiations all together rather than finding out if they made a potentially expensive mistake later on.

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