It is clear that under the right circumstances, Anthony Randolph is very available. What are those circumstances? Marc Stein reports that Golden State would be much more amenable to moving Randolph if the acquiring team also takes on the salary albatross known as Corey Maggette’s contract.
Maggette has 3 years and $30 million left on his contract, after this one. The Warriors have a few options when it comes to packaging Maggette with Radolph. One is finding a team willing to give them young prospects and a contract that expires this year. The Knicks can do that and so can other teams. Everyone knows though that the Knicks aren’t willing to add salary to their 2010 books. But what about a 2010 cap-neutral trade, or one that even aids the Knicks slightly this summer. Yes, the Knicks can accomplish this despite taking on Maggette’s deal. That’s where the next option for the Warriors comes into play.
If Golden State strikes out on acquiring an expiring contract and a prospect(s), they might be inclined to take a contract that expires in 2011, 2 full seasons before Maggette’s is set to expire, along with some young talent.
For example, a trade of Wilson Chandler, Jordan Hill, and Jared Jeffries for Maggette and Randolph works and is almost cap neutral. A trade of Chandler, Hill, Eddy Curry, and Toney Douglas for Maggette, Mikki Moore, Randolph and Stephen Curry works and saves the Knicks about a million bucks for this summer.
Don’t be too quick to dismiss the idea that the Warriors would move so much of their future in a package to get rid of Maggette. It has been rumored before, and Stein reports that it is possible.
But there are a few reasons why trades like these wouldn’t appeal to either side. From the Knicks point of view, it doesn’t seem like Walsh is interested in saving $1 million. If he trades Curry, I think he wants to save $11 million. Also, the Knicks have big plans for 2011 and this deal would certain hamper those plans (though you’d have to wonder if it’s better to have Steph Curry and Randolph than whoever the Knicks could sign in 2011, unless its ‘Melo). From the Warriors side, they wind up with Eddy Curry. However, at least his contract is almost over, which is what they want.
Might the Warriors get better deals than the above hypotheticals? Certainly. But so far, according to the San Jose Mercury News’ Tim Kawakami, who, in his piece about the Warriors unique ability to shop a guy while diminishing his value, writes that all they’ve been offered for Randolph is J.J. Hickson. Not only can the Knicks beat that, but the Cavs’ interest is yet another incentive for the Knicks to do what they can to land the guy.