Knicks' Walsh to explore potential trades
By MARC BERMAN
Knicks president Donnie Walsh would not guarantee he will make a trade
by the Feb. 18 trading deadline. But Walsh admitted scenarios will be
explored at this week’s scouting meetings, as he expressed bitter
disappointment with Sunday’s disgraceful 50-point loss to the Mavericks
– the worst home defeat in Knicks history.
"[Sunday] was disappointing to the players, the coaches, the front office, the fans, the press," Walsh said in rare show of anger. "It was a terrible game. Obviously we have to pick it up if we hope to make the playoffs.
"This is the time to start to really pushing and playing well to have a good year. We can’t play like that."
With the trade deadline looming, the Knicks have dropped six of eight games to fall nine games under .500 at 17-26 — they are four games behind the Bulls in the loss column for the eighth and final playoff spot.
The Knicks, who host the Timberwolves tonight, are looking like a terrible team again, the one that started off 1-9.
If Walsh needed further indication a boost is needed, Sunday’s horrific 128-78 loss was it. Walsh will meet all week with his scouting department to discuss available players and the prearranged pow-wow has taken on a new sense of urgency. Walsh’s limitations is he is looking for players in the final year of their deal to protect his 2010 cap space.
"I will pick their brains, [as] they are out there looking at pro teams," Walsh said. "Who do you think can play that we don’t know about or don’t see a lot? That kind of thing. We have guys who know the teams. But it takes two to tango."
Things may not get better very soon. When the Knicks return to the scene of the Dallas crime tonight, they may be without staring shooting guard Wilson Chandler, who sat out yesterday’s practice with a pulled groin, and backup point guard Nate Robinson, who likely will miss his second straight game. Al Harrington is also suffering from a sore knee, but will play.