High flying Terrapin alum Chris Wilcox was traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the New York Knicks in a pre-deadline trade yesterday. Wilcox joins former Wizard Larry Hughes as new additions to the team. Wilcox’s stay in New York may be brief as part of the reason the Knicks were attracted to him was that his contract was expiring, but the Knicks seem pretty excited to have a healthy and strong athlete in the front court.
Once again, Wilcox finds himself on a young, talented, underachieving team that is on track for a 34-44 record. Ugh. You have to feel for the guy. He started out on a Clippers team that had no idea how to develop talent but a firm handle on how to waste it. He started to find his groove with the Sonics, but then the team intentionally self-destructed so they could move to Oklahoma City. Now, Wilcox is on a Knicks team that has intentionally self-destructed itself so that it can execute its “Plan 2010” and free up enough cap room to potentially get LeBron James. Oh, and he probably won’t be there if they do get James. Some might say that Wilcox has been a disappointment in the NBA. I think he may have just been a victim of circumstance.