Strange, buzzy noises in my head (otherwise known as the Arizona Republic’s Paul Coro) are claiming that Phoenix are sending swingman Quentin Richardson (above) to New York in exchange for forward Kurt Thomas.

If said deal doesn’t happen, it would only be the 30th time Thomas’ name has popped up in a rumored trade the past two years.

It’s an interesting deal — Thomas brings a physical presence to the Suns’ defense they sorely need, while dropping Richardson’s salary on NY gives the Suns some flexibility in re-signing Joe Johnson or extending Amare Stoudamire.

For the Knicks, acquiring 3 point specialist Richardson gives the club some kind of outside shooting options besides letting Jamal Crawford heave it up from halfcourt.