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News » New York Knicks Getting Inside 2009-11-10

New York Knicks Getting Inside 2009-11-10

New York Knicks Getting Inside 2009-11-10As the Knicks tumble toward matching the franchise's worst start in history (1-8 in 2003-04), team president Donnie Walsh said he wouldn't hesitate to pull the trigger on a move to shake up the roster. Of course, that statement comes with the 2010 caveat.

"I'm not going to throw away our ability to get better in the future," Walsh said.

What it suggests is Walsh would be open to acquiring a player as long as that player has an expiring contract. With Allen Iverson's recent excused absence from the Grizzlies (for personal reasons) and the league-wide belief that, regardless of the real reason behind him leaving the team, he's done in Memphis after three frustrating games, the Knicks would appear to be a logical destination for the high-scoring point guard.

Yet, despite Chris Duhon's struggles at the point, Iverson is likely not "The Answer" for the Knicks' troubles. In fact, the team already twice passed on Iverson over the last year, starting with when the Denver Nuggets were shopping him last season. When Iverson was a free agent over the summer, he listed New York as a destination of choice, but the Knicks were not interested.

When asked if Walsh would consider a trade for an expiring-contract player, he replied, "Depends who it is."

Iverson's fading game and diva personality is enough to keep the Knicks far away, but perhaps another former megastar talent in the final year of his contract, Tracy McGrady, could be a target in the near future. McGrady, who is recovering from knee surgery, reportedly plans to return to action with the Rockets on Nov. 18. The Rockets, who have gotten along quite well without him, might consider moving him and his $23.5 million salary.

In coach Mike D'Antoni's system, McGrady could play as a big point guard. If he's healthy, he could rack up statistics to set him up for free agency next summer. And the Knicks would get a bona fide go-to player who also would generate buzz at the Garden during a season in which fans are basically being asked to "wait 'til next year."

JAZZ 95, KNICKS 93: Rookie Toney Douglas scored a career-high 21 points, including a driving layup with 1:36 left to tie it at 93. But after Mehmet Okur put the Jazz back on top with a rebound basket with 1:17 to go, Douglas missed an off-balance leaner at the buzzer that could have tied it. The Knicks (1-7), who trailed by 21 points early in the third quarter before they rallied back, have lost four straight games. The Jazz (3-4), led by Carlos Boozer's 23 points and 14 rebounds, won at the Garden for the first time since 2004.

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