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Knicks, Warriors both win with trade

New York Knicks
KNICKS GET:
Al Harrington -- F
WARRIORS GET:
Jamal Crawford -- G
Golden State Warriors
'08-09 G PPG RPG APG SPG FG% FT%
Harrington 5 12.4 5.6 2.0 1.4 32.9 50.0
'08-09 G PPG RPG APG SPG FG% FT%
Crawford 11 19.6 1.5 4.4 .82 43.2 76.1
WHY THE KNICKS MADE THE DEAL
Al Harrington

It's all about 2010. The Knicks, like the Nets and other teams, are trying to clear as much cap space as possible for a shot at LeBron James or one of the other marquee free agents in 2010. (New York also traded Zach Randolph to the Clippers on Friday in another move designed to clear cap space). Harrington has just one more year left on his deal (a player option at $10 million), meaning his salary can come off the books by that time. It also doesn't hurt that Harrington is a favorite of Knicks boss Donnie Walsh, who drafted him in the first round when he was running the show in Indiana. Harrington is a versatile forward with a nice inside-out game. He played well his first season in Golden State in coach Don Nelson's small-ball system, so he should be fit in Mike D'Antoni's similar scheme. The Knicks could miss Crawford's scoring in the short term, but his shot selection and defense left a lot to be desired.

WHY THE WARRIORS MADE THE DEAL
Jamal Crawford

They wanted to get rid of Harrington. The 6-9 forward was disgruntled over his role under Nelson, and had asked to be traded. The Warriors still have hopes of contending for a playoff spot in the West, and Nelson didn't want Harrington to be a distraction. Crawford, meanwhile, can help Golden State on the court. The 6-5 guard averaged a career-best 20.6 points and 5.0 assists a year ago. He should fit nicely into Nelson's free-flowing system while giving the Warriors another ball-handler until Monta Ellis returns from his ankle injury. But Crawford still has two more years (and $19.4 million) left on his deal after this season (if he doesn't opt out next summer), so Golden State is taking on another big contract. Plus, the Warriors already have Stephen Jackson, Corey Maggette and rookie surprise Anthony Morrow at the perimeter spots. Nelson is going to have headaches trying to keep everybody happy when Ellis gets back.

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