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November 21, 2008

Crawford-Harrington Swap

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kevin Pelton @ 5:14 pm

As has been reported … everywhere, the Knicks and Warriors have agreed to a deal that will send Jamal Crawford to the East Bay while reuniting Al Harrington with Donnie Walsh, the Knicks’ president of basketball operations who originally drafted Harrington in Indiana (and later traded for him before sending him on again to Golden State in the first place).

Realistically speaking, though, the Knicks acquired AHEC (Al Harrington’s expiring contract), and for them this move is a sign that instead of being seduced by a solid start, the team will continue to stockpile cap space for the summer of 2010 (when Harrington’s deal expires; barring him opting out, Crawford is signed through 2010-11). There have also been some whispers of a related deal that would send Zach Randolph (and Mardy Collins) to the L.A. Clippers for Cuttino Mobley and Tim Thomas, which would clear additional space.

The Warriors get a pretty solid player for the disgruntled Harrington, but man is this team going to be flush with guards when Monta Ellis gets healthy. Even with Corey Maggette presumably sliding to power forward, is there enough room with Kelenna Azubuike and sudden star Anthony Morrow coming off the bench?

I’ll have some more substantive thoughts on the deal later.

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