Isiah Thomas has been Knicks president for two years and has made many moves aimed at bettering the team. Few have worked out that way.
December 30, 2003
Trades Clarence Weatherspoon to Rockets for Moochie Norris and John Amaechi
Norris averages 3.5 points over 68 games as a Knick before being traded back to Rockets for the equally overpaid Maurice Taylor.
January 5, 2004
Trades Howard Eisley, Charlie Ward, Antonio McDyess, Maciej Lampe, Milos Vujanic and two first-round draft picks to Suns for Stephon Marbury, Penny Hardaway and Cezary Trybanski
Marbury leads Knicks to playoffs, then falls out of favor after declaring himself "best point guard in NBA." Hardaway is a non-entity with an albatross contract. Expiring contracts allow Suns to generate salary cap room to sign Steve Nash and reach Western Conference finals the next season.
February 15, 2004
Trades Keith Van Horn to Bucks and Michael Doleac to Hawks for Tim Thomas and Nazr Mohammed
Just as Doleac is becoming productive pick-and-roll partner for Marbury, he is dealt along with the underwhelming Van Horn. Only problem is, Thomas, acquired to bring "athleticism," is even more underwhelming, as 6-10 forward has no presence on boards. Mohammed shows promise, but lasts just 12½ months at Garden.
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