2008_07_balkman.jpgRenaldo Balkman, a much-ridiculed Isiah Thomas 2006 draft pick who turned into something of a fan favorite, won't be wearing the blue and orange of the Knicks next season. He got sent to Denver for Taurean Green, Bobby Jones (who?) and a 2010 second-round draft pick. This move is purely a salary dump for the Knicks, who stand to gain $2 million if the luxury tax is included. The team may not even include Green and Jones on its roster, which is currently bloated. The best part of this deal: Thomas apologists defended the pick of Balkman in the first round by saying Phoenix, then coached by current Knicks head man Mike D'Antoni, would have nabbed the South Carolina product with its pick if New York had tried to wait until the second round. Guess not.