Isiah on verge of impressive overhaul

Updated: August 5, 2004, 9:59 AM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider
What Isiah Thomas wants ... Isiah Thomas gets.

With his owner writing blank checks and his town seemingly the No. 1 free-agent destination in the NBA, Knicks president Isiah Thomas seems to be on the verge of doing the impossible – completely rebuilding the cellar-dwelling New York Knicks in less than a year. Thomas has actively pursued free agents Jamal Crawford and Erick Dampier all summer and appeared to be close to signing both players on Wednesday evening.

Jamal Crawford
Sources told Insider late Wednesday night that the long-rumored Crawford-to-the-Knicks trade is finally going to happen. On Tuesday night, both Thomas and Paxson agreed to six-player trade that would send Crawford and Jerome Williams to the Bulls for Dikembe Mutombo, Othella Harrington, Frank Williams and Cezary Trybanski.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer