Portland ships Zach Randolph to New York Knicks for Frye, Francis

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PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Trail Blazers traded forward Zach Randolph to the New York Knicks for Channing Frye and Steve Francis on Thursday night.

The Blazers also sent Dan Dickau and Fred Jones to New York as part of the deal.

Randolph was Portland's top scorer and rebounder last season, averaging 23.6 points and 10.1 rebounds in 68 games. He had hand surgery late in the season and missed the team's final 10 games.

The 25-year-old Randolph scored 40 or more points three times this season. He scored 30 or more points 15 times and had 36 double-doubles.

"We felt like with Zach, he's a heck of a player. He's probably going to be an All-Star in the East. But with (Greg) Oden and LaMarcus (Aldridge) and Channing Frye we have a group of young guys we can build around. ... We felt we were going in a different direction," Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard said.

Frye made 59 starts in 72 games last season for the Knicks, averaging 9.5 points and 5.5 rebounds. He was the eighth overall pick in the 2005 draft out of Arizona.

Francis averaged 11.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 44 games with the Knicks.

Francis was acquired just before the trade deadline in 2006 with the idea that he would play alongside Stephon Marbury in the backcourt. But Francis never seemed comfortable under Larry Brown or Isiah Thomas, and left the team last season to rehab an injured knee in Houston, sparking speculation that the Knicks were trying to reach a buyout.

Randolph was the 19th overall pick in the 2000 draft out of Michigan State. In the 2003-04 season, he was named the NBA's Most Improved Player.

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