Miles to the NYC? (again)
Yes folks, there is yet another trade rumor that involves Darius Miles heading to the Knicks. The New York Daily News is reporting that the Knicks were close to acquiring Miles last week in a straight-up trade for sweet-shooting Knick F Quentin Richardson, but opted to sign Wizards F Jared Jeffries to an offer sheet instead. The same article suggests that should the Wizards match the Knicks offer (they have until Monday to do so, the Knicks would turn their attention back to working a Miles for Richardson deal.
Right now as Blazer fans, we all need to be hoping that the Wizards match the offer sheet. I have never been a fan of Q-Rich, and still am not, seeing as I view him as another DA waiting to happen. He's had a bit of an injury problem lately, and is grossly overpaid (he's owed 24 million through '08-'09, with a 9 million dollar player option for '09-'10). The last thing this team needs is another overpaid SF/SG sitting at the end of the bench doing nothing while constantly injured. This being said, Q-Rich is a quality NBA player, even if he is overpaid and gimpy. He is a great rebounder from the gaurd spot, and has a great outside stroke (won the 2005 3-Point contest. Regardless, I think this trade really is our best option right now, if not our only option. We all know that Miles is virtually untradeable right now, and cannot really be cut because of financial considerations. If some team is stupid enough to take him off our hands in exchange for somebody with a pulse who will keep their mouth shut and not cause trouble, then we need to pull the trigger. Richardson may fit in nicely next year if he plays the 3, a position we are currently pretty thin at, while Outlaw and Webster continue to develop. Also, Richardson's arrival would pretty much mean the end for Outlaw, because Webster and Richardson would occupy the bulk of the minutes for the forseeable future. This may not be a bad thing, as we could package Outlaw in a Zach Randolph trade.