So, this is interesting. From Fanhouse's Tim Povtak:
The Orlando Magic have asked about the availability of both New York's Ronny Turiaf and Philadelphia's Tony Battie, hoping to fill quickly their new void at backup center behind Dwight Howard.
The Magic, according to NBA sources, would like to use backup point guard Chris Duhon as trade bait, but they also would be willing to use small forward Quentin Richardson to get what they want.
Naturally, my first response to this report was to thrust my head through the nearest window, collect all the ensuing glass shards, saute them with garlic, onion, and peppers, eat them, and then projectile vomit broken glass stir-fry all over my computer screen. Ronny Turiaf is the most likable Knick since Father Knickerbocker himself, while Chris Duhon made me sob myself to sleep nightly for two years and Quentin Richardson is pretty whatever. Yuck.
That said, the Knicks are desperately in need of a back-up ballhandler (a hole that, in my opinion, outweighs their need for frontcourt help), and Duhon is a serviceable enough back-up who, at the very least, knows D'Antoni's system and can run a decent enough pick-and-roll.
THAT said, Turiaf has a player option this summer, while Du and Q are each getting paid through '13/'14 (Richardson has an option that season). The prospect of four more years of Duhon is enough to make a Knicks fan's stomach turn (especially if it's full of glass). Also, the departure of Turiaf would force Mike D'Antoni to let Timofey Mozgov and/or Anthony Randolph spin, which, unless you worship those guys like I do, is not an attractive proposition.
It's just a rumor, and a hideous one at that, but I'm interested to hear what y'all think.