This is my analysis of the trade.
The trade was made as a build up to trades in the off season.
It is not a trade to aid us in a playoff push this season.
If you notice Malik Rose is like sweetney, they are both short PF but strong as all hell and get to the FT line alot. Taylor and Kurt are also similar in that as a PF they like to shoot the 15' jumper. Taylor can post up down low, but doesn't rebound like Kurt. I think Isiah's thinking is when either sweetney or kurt is on the bench, 2 guys similar to their play are also on the court. This makes it easier for PGs Marbury and Crawford to stick to similar offensive sets.
Trading both Moochie and Brewer was good, because now Penny will get more minutes at PG, SG and SF - showing off his versatility at 3 positions and his stats should increase. Why would Isiah do this - so that next season, these attributes plus his expiring contract will look very appealing to a certain team looking for a veteran swingman to lead their team of rookies - aka using penny to pick up curry and other contract fillers.
The knicks now have two 1st round draft picks for 2005, once from b4 and one from the Rose trade, to grab a center in the draft (Petro or Bogut) who will play backup to curry - assuming we get him.
I don't see Sweetney being traded anytime soon. Once he works on his Defense and fouling, he will start for the knicks. Rose will be his backup.
KT i'm not too sure of. His play is still stellar, but at some point a nice trade will pop up and he will be gone.
So while we might win some games this season, the real move will only happen in the off season.
The only negatives to this trade is the salary cap situation, but as Dolan said, he doesn't give two ****s about how much he has to fork out!