Originally written on Ball Don't Lie  |  Last updated 11/17/11
In 2008, the New York Knicks rid themselves of an uninspired Zach Randolph, sending him to the Los Angeles Clippers in a trade package that brought back shooting guard Cuttino Mobley. Soon after, Mobley was encouraged to retire by Knicks general manager Donnie Walsh after a heart specialist was left unnerved following Mobley's physical exam -- the doctor was worried about Mobley's hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The retirement did little to affect New York's cap space or eventual lottery standing, and even in the midst of a rebuilding process it seemed as if the Knicks were hurt more by Mobley's absence than Mobley (who was paid in full following his retirement) was hurt by missing a year playing on a terrible Knicks team. Three years later, Mobley is suing the Knicks and their owner James Dolan, arguing that the team forced Cuttino to retire in order to save nearly $19 million in combined insurance and luxury tax savings. Also, this makes absolutely no sense, and it's more than a litt...
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