The New York Knicks announced last night during the NBA Draft that they have traded Steve Francis, Channing Frye and next year’s second round pick to the Portland Trail Blazers for Zach Randolph, Dan Dickau, Fred Jones and the rights to this year 53rd pick overall, Demetris Nichols from Syracuse. Randolph became expendable when Portland used the #1 pick in this year’s draft on Ohio State center Greg Oden. Oden will team up in the front court with last year’s #2 overall pick LaMarcus Aldridge, forming a solid duo to compete the in Western Conference.
For the Knicks, Randolph brings considerable power in the low post on the offensive end. Randolph averaged 23.7 points and 10.1 rebounds per game last year, playing against the likes of Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Dirk Nowitzki and Carlos Boozer.