Warning: What you are about to read will make you cringe beyond belief whether you are a Knicks fan or not. Trying to compile a list of the 5 worst trades the Knicks have ever made is harder than you think. Not that there weren’t enough trades to choose from, rather the fact that there were so many despicable trades made by this organization. As a Knick fan, not only do I find the following trades disgusting, I also find them very comical.
5. Knicks acquisition of Antonio McDyess - 2002
On the day of the draft in 2002, the Knicks dealt the 7th overall pick, Marcus Camby and Mark Jackson for Antonio McDyess. Most Knicks fans have probably forgotten about this deal because Antonio McDyess didn’t play a single game that season after suffering an injury in preseason.
He played 18 games as a Knick the next season, averaging 8.6 points and 6.6 rebounds until he was traded to the suns in January 2004. Not only did Camby become more productive than McDyess after this trade but, the Knicks passed up drafting Nene, Amare Stoudemire and Caron Butler (all three taken between picks 7-10).
4. Knicks trade for Carmelo Anthony - 2011
A lot of people will disagree but, this is one of the most unnecessary trades ever made. The Nuggets sent the Knicks Carmelo and Chauncey Billups for Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Timofey Mozgov, a 2014 first rounder and the right to swap for the Knicks 2016 1st round pick.
This trade was completed before the trade deadline in the 2010-2011 season. Carmelo had ended contract negotiations with the Nuggets earlier that season and made it publicly known that he wanted to be a Knick. So why did they trade for him when they could have gotten him in the offseason?
The Knicks, who were already having a great season, made the blockbuster deal to bring in Anthony, and in doing so derailed the rest of their season. Don’t get me wrong, Carmelo has been great for the Knicks but, they didn’t need to trade for him when he would already come in during free agency. Not only did the Knicks give up quality players they could’ve paired Anthony with, they gave 2 1st round picks. The Knicks wish they had these picks now as they entered a mix of a rebuild/win now team last year.
3. Knicks trade away Patrick Ewing - 2000
In 2000, the Knicks disrespected their 15-year veteran and hall of Famer Patrick Ewing. The Knicks traded Patrick Ewing, Chris Dudley, and a 2001 first round pick. In return, they received Glen Rice, Travis Knight, Luc Longley, Vernon Maxwell, Vladimir Stepania, Lazaro Borrell, and 4 draft picks (that didn’t turn into much).
Not only was the trade disrespectful to their legend, they also took a 90-million-dollar cap hit till the year 2004. Many people consider this trade the beginning of the downfall of the New York Knicks organization in the 21st century, as the organization was never really able to deal with that cap hit.
2. Knicks acquire Eddy Curry - 2005
If you ever want to make a Knicks fan angry, talk about how the Bulls completely robbed the Knicks when trading Eddy Curry. The Knicks sent over Antonio Davis, their 2006 1st round pick, two 2nd round picks, and the right to switch with the Knicks 1st round pick in 2007.
The two 1st round picks the Knicks traded away turned into LaMarcus Aldridge and Joakim Noah. The worst part was before that trade was made when Eddy Curry was hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat and refused to take a test that would determine if he shouldn’t be allowed to play basketball anymore. All the warning signs were there but, they were ignored and the Knicks still traded for him.
Curry had one good season and then played 69 games the rest of his Knicks career due to off the court issues and health. The Eddy Curry trade really hurt the Knicks ability to recover and rebuild through the draft and was arguably the worst trade ever to be made by this team. But, I did find one more trade that was even worse.
1. Knicks acquire the worst player of all time - Andrea Bargnani
When this trade was made, it didn’t make sense. When I look back and try to figure out why the Knicks did it, I can’t find one good reason to go through with the trade, other than wanting to become the biggest fools in the NBA. Before entering the 2013-2014 season the Knicks traded two 2nd round draft picks, their 2016 1st round draft pick, Marcus Camby, fan favorite Steve Novak, and Quentin Richardson.
The season before the Knicks traded for Bargnani, he played 35 games and averaged 12.7 points on 39% shooting. The one possible reason to get him was for his scoring, and he wasn’t even efficient when shooting. Bargnani was atrocious as a Knick, unable to stay healthy, playing 71 games in 2 seasons while averaging a decent 13.9 points per game. His inability to play defense and to stay healthy basically negated anything he did well on the offensive side of the ball.
Any Knicks fan would’ve rather playing Marcus Camby at the tail end of his career than Bargnani. This trade hindered the Knicks ability to be able to be able to rebuild after getting rid of another draft pick in 2016 (another lottery pick). All around, this might’ve been the worst trade to be ever made.