The New York Knicks have completed two trades before today's deadline. They sent Tim Thomas, Anthony Roberson & Jerome James to Chicago for Larry Hughes. This takes James' massive contract off of the Knicks' hands, while giving them a legit shooting guard. New York has been starting Wilson Chandler and Quentin Richardson -- both better suited as forwards -- at shooting guard. Hughes has only played in 30 games, this season, and is averaging a career-low 12 points a game.
The Knicks also shipped Malik Rose and his expiring contract to Oklahoma City for Chris Wilcox. Wilcox is a physical low post player, which New York desperately needed. He is averaging 8.4 points and 5.3 rebounds so far this year. Rose has played limited minutes this year, so this trade will get rid of dead weight on the bench.
I have no significant issues about these moves. Hughes is solid but has been inactive for the past 16 games. Plus, he hasn't been known to add as much positive as Tim Thomas, offensively speaking, which isn't saying much.
If anything, this gives them another reason to take Patrick Ewing Jr. from the NBDL's Reno Bighorns.
Wilcox is a nice pickup. If he gets time, I'm sure he can make an impact. New York hasn't had a presence in the paint, other than David Lee, since Zach Randolph, and it's hurt them at times.
At least these moves make some sort of sense. Although, the team wouldn't be in the predicament if they hadn't traded Zach Randolph and Jamal Crawford (and Mardy Collins).
Gallinari vs. The Spurs
Not much here other than that one dunk, which was more of a Nate Robinson play. Regardless, Gallo showed great hustle getting down the court and into a position to clean up Robinson's mess; something that no other Knick did. And they don't have injured backs.
On the next possession, Gallo shook Roger Mason Jr., a play that would have been phenominal had Mason not fouled to make up for his mistake.
Also in the clip: The smooth sounds of Gus Johnson.