Rumor: Knicks “Willing” To Trade Amar’e for Dwight Howard
January 6, 2012
Great Friend of the Blog (and sole reader) Drew Rivera tweeted us about the rumor that the Knicks are willing to open up trade talks that would send Amar’e Stoudemire to the Orlando Magic for Dwight Howard.
I just don’t think this story has any legs. First, what would the parameters be and what would happen to Defensive Stalwart and Leader of Men Tyson Chandler, who the Knicks just (rashly) signed to fill the void in the pivot? Secondly, it’s important to keep the agency of this rumor in mind. The Knicks are willing to talk to the Magic about Howard for Stoudemire. Donny Marshall is also reporting that I am willing to trade my puke green 2009 Hyundai Elantra for Hugh Heffner’s house. My guess is that the Magic would be willing to listen for about 35 seconds before they hung up the phone. The Knicks have traded away their first round picks in 2012 (Jared Jeffries salary dump), 2014 (Melo deal), and 2016 (ditto) and lack any other young building blocks to entice the Magic to make this deal (Fields and Jorts aren’t going to cut it). Normally when a team trades its franchise player, it does so for some assets with future value, which the Knicks just don’t have.
As much as we’d all love to see Howard in New York next year, it’s likely we’ll have to settle for seeing him in Kings County, not MSG. When the Knicks signed Chandler they essentially locked themselves into the current iteration of the team’s core and it will take a miracle for that to change. Sorry to be Debbie Downer, but the truth hurts.