On This Date: The Knicks acquire Tony Campbell

September 13th 1992: The New York Knicks acquire Tony Campbell

Fresh off Xavier McDaniel joining the Boston Celtics, The New York Knicks proceeded to fill the gaping hole at the small forward position when they acquired Tony Campbell from the Minnesota Timberwolves for a future 2nd round pick. Campbell previously played for coach Pat Riley during his time with the Los Angeles Lakers between 1987-89. Additionally, Campbell was also a native of New Jersey and got his wish to come play at home.

During his previous 3 seasons with the expansion Minnesota Timberwolves, Campbell showed an ability to get buckets and play both the shooting guard and small forward positions. Only 30 years old, Campbell was also another player in his prime who could have impact minutes with the team.

However, the Knicks made a subsequent move before training camp to acquire Charles Smith from the Los Angeles Clippers. The acquisition eventually forced Campbell out of the rotation early in the season. His minutes were cut from starter minutes to less than 20 minutes/game off the bench. He only played 2 playoff games with the Knicks during the 1993 playoff run.

The Knicks eventually traded Campbell to the Dallas Mavericks in the subsequent season for Derek Harper to shore up their point guard depth after Doc Rivers’ season-ending injury.

 

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