NEW YORK, May 11 – The New York Knicks announced the biggest trade in NBA history today, acquiring four players in a four-team, 16 player deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Seattle SuperSonics. The Knicks will acquire 2005-06 and 2006-07 scoring champion Kobe Bryant from the Lakers, rebounding champion Kevin Garnett and rookie Randy Foye from the Timberwolves, and All-Star Ray Allen from the Sonics.
“I just can’t find the words to describe how happy we are as an organization,” said Knicks Coach and General Manager Isiah Thomas. “To get players of this caliber, while giving up the junk that has plagued this team for years, it’s really something special.”
When asked how he even began to come up with the proposed transaction, Isiah Thomas attempted to keep his methods quiet, without success. “I can’t tell you guys exactly how, but let’s just say I used the ESPN TradeMachine…ooops.”
Here is a breakdown of the transaction:
Knicks receive Kobe Bryant from the Lakers, Kevin Garnett and Randy Foye from the Timberwolves, and Ray Allen from the SuperSonics.
Timberwolves receive Andrew Bynum from the Lakers, Chris Wilcox from the SuperSonics and Jared Jeffries and Steve Francis from the Knicks.
Lakers receive Channing Frye, Stephon Marbury and Jamal Crawford from the Knicks and Mike James from the Timberwolves
SuperSonics receive Quentin Richardson and Nate Robinson from the Knicks, and Lamar Odom and Jordan Farmar from the Lakers.
With more than $138 million in salaries just for next season, the commissioner’s office will have to approve the deal, but that is merely a formality at this point, as the trade was approved using ESPN’s TradeMachine.