On This Date: Knicks trade Jamal Crawford and Zach Randolph

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November 21, 2008: The New York Knicks trade Jamal Crawford & Zach Randolph in separate deals with the Golden State Warriors & Los Angeles Clippers, respectively, for Al Harrington, Tim Thomas, and Cuttino Mobley.

On the road to the summer of LeBron, Knicks GM Donnie Walsh traded Jamal Crawford to the Golden State Warriors for Al Harrington. He subsequently traded Zach Randolph for Cuttino Mobley & Tim Thomas. The contracts acquired all expired before the start of 2010 Free Agency.

At the time of the trade, Jamal Crawford had a scorching start with the Knicks under the new Mike D’Antoni speedball offense.1 Through 11 games, he was making more than 3 threes per game, at a 46% clip. Zach Randolph also started the season on a hot start averaging more than 20 points and 12.5 rebounds per game.

Cuttino Mobley never played another game after the trade. Mobley initially failed his physical due to a pre-existing heart condition discovered by the Clippers. Walsh allowed the trade to go through because his priority was getting under the cap. After visiting various doctors, Mobley announced his retirement on December 11th 2008 due to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Tim Thomas rejoined the Knicks after spending less than 2 years with the Knicks earlier in the decade.  Thomas reunited with D’Antoni, whom he played under with the Phoenix Suns. Thomas mostly came off the bench and had his biggest highlight play when he dunked on Anthony Randolph.

Al Harrington returned home (Orange, NJ) after the trade to the Knicks. Harrington enjoyed moderate success with the Knicks both as a starter and a 6th man off the bench. The transition to the Knicks was pretty smooth as he was coming from a Nellie Ball offense that prioritized speed, small ball, and threes.  To Knick fans, Harrington had a fair share of nicknames2 and baffling decisions.  To be fair, he was quite productive under D’Antoni’s system and flipped his production into a generous 5 year contract with the Denver Nuggets in the summer of 2010.