In the scenario described by a Western Conference official, the Charlotte Bobcats were to select Rose from the expansion pool, then redirect Rose to the Knicks for Dikembe Mutombo and cash. Mutombo is entering the final year of his contract, thus making his $5 million salary more palatable to Charlotte.
Thomas, who had considered trading Kurt Thomas for Rose before the trade deadline, gave a short response when asked about the latest scenario: "It's nothing that I've heard of," the Knicks president said.
The Knicks pick 43rd in Thursday's draft, but the man making the pick doesn't expect to get much, nor is he making any plans to move up into the first round.
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