Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Knicks' History of Trades Is Suspect

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Knicks' History of Trades Is Suspect

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The NBA's looming trade deadline took a wild start Sunday when the Sacramento Kings discarded DeMarcus Cousins in a trade that already is being measured as one of the worst in league history.

This at least removes some of the pressure from Knicks President Phil Jackson's shoulders, knowing he'd have to really try to dislodge that before Thursday's 3 p.m. deadline.

The deadline provides Jackson with another opportunity to prove himself worthy as an executive, his reputation as a Hall of Fame coach taking hit after hit with every Knicks loss or every boneheaded personnel decision. And now he has made no secret of his efforts to push Carmelo Anthony to waive his no-trade clause and open the door for Jackson to shove him out.

With this in mind, here are countdowns for some of the best -- and worst -- trades in Knicks history:

The Good

3. (Tie) 1988: Bill Cartwright for Charles Oakley, and 1999: Chris Mills, Terry Cummings and John Starks for Latrell Sprewell: We pair these up since they both provided some semblance of glory days long before surfacing in the Knicks' chaotic off-court drama this month. Sprewell helped the Knicks to the NBA Finals in 1999 after serving a suspension with Golden State for choking head coach P.J. Carlesimo. Oakley was a key part of the Knicks' near-miss in the 1994 NBA Finals, serving as the sidekick to Patrick Ewing for 10 years.

2. 1971: After competing against him, the Knicks swung a trade, sending backups Mike Riordan and Dave Stallworth to the Baltimore Bullets for Earl Monroe. Pairing him in the backcourt with Walt Frazier, the Knicks made it to two straight NBA Finals -- winning the last one in team history in 1973.

1. 1968: The Knicks had the building blocks in place for a contender, but it wasn't until they sent Walt Bellamy and Howie Komives to Detroit for two-sport star Dave DeBusschere that they ascended to the only two championship seasons in franchise history. The defensive-minded power forward got his number retired and served as Knicks GM before his death.

The Bad (the Phil deals)

3. Start at the top, the first deal of his tenure as team president: Jackson sent Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to Dallas and brought back Samuel Dalembert, Jose Calderon, Wayne Ellington, Shane Larkin and draft picks that became Thanasis Antetokounmpo and Cleanthony Early. …

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