Knicks Land Richardson, Ship Kurt To Phoenix

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Strange, buzzy noises in my head (otherwise known as the Arizona Republic’s Paul Coro) are claiming that Phoenix are sending swingman Quentin Richardson (above) to New York in exchange for forward Kurt Thomas.

If said deal doesn’t happen, it would only be the 30th time Thomas’ name has popped up in a rumored trade the past two years.

It’s an interesting deal — Thomas brings a physical presence to the Suns’ defense they sorely need, while dropping Richardson’s salary on NY gives the Suns some flexibility in re-signing Joe Johnson or extending Amare Stoudamire.

For the Knicks, acquiring 3 point specialist Richardson gives the club some kind of outside shooting options besides letting Jamal Crawford heave it up from halfcourt.

5 Responses to “Knicks Land Richardson, Ship Kurt To Phoenix”

  1. Tommy Hoops says:

    Yippee! Another guard!

    Welcome to the Knicks, Q! You’ll be a perfect fit. One teeny problem: there’s only one ball, and four other guys who like to jack up shots every five seconds on the court with you.

    But at least you get the entire month of May off.


  2. High Cheese says:

    I thought Kurt Thomas was supposed to be an appealing enticement to other teams to get a shorter contract OR a better player (like a Center, or really anyone who doesn’t play a position where they’ve already got too many players signed to huge contracts for the long-term future).

  3. CSTB says:

    Which is why I hope they aren’t done dealing. Having seen how every team that trades Stephon Marbury makes a deep playoff run shortly after shipping him outta town, Isiah’s next move should be obvious.

  4. High Cheese says:

    His next move should be obvious. But doesn’t this move preclude that one? Isn’t Isiah giving in to Stephon’s wishes that they be separated? Why would he trade Marbury now? (besides the obvious reasons of course…I mean why trade him after you’ve gotten rid of the player he didn’t like)

  5. CSTB says:

    I wasn’t being entirely serious. Kurt’s exit from NY was sealed as soon as he stood up to Stephon. And Marbury’s value on the open market isn’t nearly so high after failing to make the Nets, T-Wolves, Suns or Knicks contenders.

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