The Zach Randolph trade signals a return to the Knicks rebuild with a vengeance. Zach is a very nice pick-up. While the NY Press salivates over bringing the Knicks down, Marbury's reaction as a player is indicative that the pieces are coming together.
“It’s finally happening. God’s plan is working.”I don't know about God's interest in the Knicks but what Isiah engineered, much to the chagrin of bidder Larry Bird, is the acquisition of a top-five NBA PF.
While most fans prayed for Garnett or Rasheed, Isiah upped the ante. In Randolph the Knicks get a younger, more hungry version of that archetypal player. The fact that he's no angel is no big deal. This Knicks incarnation is going to rock. With Randolph and Curry as twin towers under the boards, there will be few questions as to who owns the paint. While neither has been historically impressive on 'D', one cannot help but think that having tag team giants down low will create a multiplier effect on those defensive stats.
I don't think reports are accurate that Dickau and Jones are throw-aways. I think another multi-player deal is in the works that will bring in the final pieces of what may become an eastern conference steam-roller. Dickau, in fact, may become a significant bench contributor over the course of the season.
Isiah has plenty of pieces to play with and Dolan seems to be giving the green light to bulk up. It's starting to feel like a NY team is in the process of shifting gears. There's a rumble happening here, not a prayer circle.
Again, one might expect Kobe, Artest, or Rashard Lewis to be the next target (and Lewis will need little convincing that the Knicks can win). However, it would not surprise me if someone like Marvin Webster gets snapped up by Isiah. Again, a younger prototype of a Garnett-like player. Webster's name has been mentioned frequently in potential trade talks. Other possibilities might include Luke Walton or Rudy Gay in keeping with the unexpected.
As for the seeming glut of players, I'm expecting Jerome James to get a buy out and potentially see Quentin consider retirement if the bad back doesn't recover sufficiently. Just guessing.