NEW YORK — Might we see Isiah Thomas begin yet another reconstruction project before the Knicks (0-4) conclude their current six-game road trip?
Might we see Darius Miles or Theo Ratliff or Ruben Patterson (who knows, maybe all three) playing for Larry Brown in the foreseeable future?
According to those in the know, New York’s two-headed serpent wants one and all.
Then again, how bad can the craving be if young players and the expiring contracts (as a package) of Penny Hardaway and Antonio Davis are out of bounds?
Such a position tends to deflate options.
For instance, Thomas has made it clear he will not do Channing Frye and Penny for Patterson and Miles. Moreover, he will not do Penny and Davis for Miles, Ratliff and Patterson.
Not that Portland is prepared to make that deal. Coach Nate McMillan likes Miles who has bought in; coach appointed him co-captain along with Joel Przybilla.
Still, the Blazers are going nowhere worthwhile this season (for openers) and the Penny-Davis proposition was thrown out there in, “Would you consider swapping . . .” type of talk.
A demand that one of the Knicks’ three frontcourt youngbloods (Frye, David Lee, Trevor Ariza) be included might have been broached had Thomas encouraged more discussion along those lines, but it never got that far.
Since the exchange of talent would greatly favor New York, Thomas’ hardline position might have something to do with the extra $64 million ingestion over the next two-to-four seasons, actually $128 million, a consequence of towering over the luxury tax number.
Meanwhile, the Blazers are not listening to any offer requiring them to take back more years than the contract they’re dumping.
Would they accept Maurice Taylor ($9.1 million/$9.7 million) for Patterson ($6.3 million/$6.8 million) if the Knicks would take Steve Blake ($1 million) and Victor Khryapa ($1.095 million) in order to meet salary specifications?
No, evidently Taylor’s less than regal reputation precedes him on the fast break.
Though it’s a dead issue, thought you might like to be aware that the Pacers offered Austin Croshere ($7.3 million) and Jeff Foster ($5.5 million) for Jamaal Magloire ($8.3 million) and George Lynch ($3.2 million). Eddie Gill ($835,000) may have been thrown in as well.
The Grizzlies and numerous other teams are ardently pursuing the Hornets’ P.J. Brown to no avail.
Byron Scott is against making any more trades, at least for the time being. So in the near future should Scott issue a denial that one of his players is about to be moved, he may honestly be telling the truth.
My Paper Clips are getting plenty of calls regarding the availability of Chris Wilcox. L.A.’s in-house sentiment is the insanely talented forward-center isn’t going anywhere.
While in Argentina for the Summit of the Americas, President Bush praised native son Manu Ginobili . . . then became a wee bit confused, saying, “He does such good work on the court maybe I could push his nomination through.”
When did Elton Brand learn to face and yank an opponent off the dribble with moves that make Tim Hardaway yearn for the old days?
Meanwhile, Brand must have thought he went back in time Monday night when the Clips lost for the first time this season.
When a player is downing 11 of 16 it’s up to his ball-handling teammates to keep getting him touches and shots until it’s clear he’s cooled off.
Instead Sam Cassell (3-10) and Cuttino Mobley (4-15) appeared more intent on getting theirs.
The season wasn’t even a week old before Shaq (coached by Stan Van Gundy) and Tracy McGrady (coached by Jeff Van Gundy) both went down with injuries.
Those had to be the most insipid incidents for the family since the phrase, “Hi. I’m Pat Riley and I shall be your mentor.”
Can’t believe Shaq is going to miss two-to-four weeks due to a sprained ankle.
Come on, does he really need two feet?
I’m tempted to brand Mehmet Okur as this season’s biggest bombshell except he flaunts Utah’s third highest salary ($8.2 million) behind Carlos Boozer ($11.2 million), who hasn’t played since Feb. 14, and Andrei Kirilenko ($10.9 million).
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