Lisa Dillman of the LA Times noted today that the Knicks demanded Marcus Camby at first and were rejected, before settling on the combination of Tim Thomas and Cuttino Mobley.
“…Trade talks stalled early this week when the Knicks wanted Marcus Camby. The Clippers made a final offer, and the salary cap-clearing Knicks (preparing for the future, namely, the LeBron James sweepstakes in 2010) completed their second deal of the day, having also acquired disgruntled forward Al Harrington from the Warriors…”
This should set Knick fans’ hearts at ease that Donnie Walsh did request the former Knick fan favorite, before realizing now was the time to dump Randolph’s salary. It makes sense as the team is desperate for shot blocking, but Mike Dunleavy clearly knew had he included Camby he would have never lived it down. From a PR standpoint it would have been a one-sided deal.
Donnie did his due diligence, but ended up making the right deal anyway. Camby would have been a Grand Slam instead of a home run.