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Old 01-18-2008, 01:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Knicks Turn Down Artest Deal?

I don't know about you guys, but Zeke's lost his mind. He's doesn't want to give up Nate or Balkman in any trade package? Come'on, that's laughable.

Originally Posted by New York Post
Though Isiah Thomas keeps talking about not wanting to make a trade, there has been various reports he has turned down deals left and right, the New York Post is reporting.

In fact, ESPN reported Thomas turned down a chance at Ron Artest, because he didn't want to give up Nate Robinson and Renaldo Balkman in a package.

Naturally, the Knicks are banking Artest will opt out after the season and sign with the Knicks for the maximum five-year, $30 million mid-level contract. The same one they used for Jared Jeffries and Jerome James. Artest told The Post earlier this month the Knicks are on his radar, and he wouldn't mind being traded now.

It also was reported the Cavs were interested in Jamal Crawford, and the Knicks could have snared Larry Hughes in a package.

The Knicks appear to have been shopping Zach Randolph, to Milwaukee and the Nets for Vince Carter. Randolph has picked it his play since Friday's blowup with Thomas in which he may have asked Thomas to trade him in the locker-room afterward, according to a TV report.

Thomas and Randolph have denied it, but Randolph has played like he's trying to boost his stock.
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