NY Daily News

There is a very good reason why Isiah Thomas fought until the bitter end to keep Dikembe Mutombo out of the deal for Jamal Crawford. It's the same reason why the Knicks are in no position to explore trade scenarios for Kurt Thomas unless they intend on getting a big man in return.

Neither Nazr Mohammed nor Vin Baker has distinguished himself in the preseason, leaving the Knicks with a big hole in the middle of their lineup and a dilemma for Thomas, the team president. Kurt Thomas' trade value has never been higher but he's also Lenny Wilkens' best option at center.

It's one thing to offer Thomas to the Golden State Warriors in a trade package for Erick Dampier. That's an obvious upgrade at center. But once Dampier landed in Dallas, and with the choices of quality big men at an all-time low, the Knicks should consider themselves fortunate the proposed trade of Thomas for Wally Szczerbiak fell apart.

Most scouts would rate Szczerbiak better at his position than Thomas. However, adding Szczerbiak and going into the season with Mohammed, Baker, Michael Sweetney and Jerome Williams as the team's top four big men could prove to be disastrous.

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ok, it looks like we got ourselves a center for the regular season