New York Daily News is reporting that the Knicks are in talks with the Mavs about sending big body Zach Randolph to Dallas for Jerry Stackhouse and what would have to be another player or two, at least, to make the money work. Or perhaps Donnie Nelson can wrangle a third team into the works to get it done.
Stackhouse on Monday publicly voiced his desire to be traded or released. He won't be bought out, according to Mavs owner Mark Cuban. One would think a trade to New York would qualify as better be careful what you ask for. If Stackhouse is a poor fit in coach Rick Carlisle's up-tempo offense, as Stackhouse said, how's he going to play 20 minutes, as he wishes, in Mike D'Antoni's full-throttle offense. Doesn't seem plausible. The Knicks would be using him for his expiring contract, while also dumping Randolph's big-sized contract that runs through 2010-11. Not sure how this makes much sense for the Mavs, who have a guy named Dirk Nowitzki at power forward.
Randolph is due $14.7 million this season, $16 million next season and $17.3 million in his final year.
-- Jeff Caplan