With a more than slight revision to his earlier prognostication, the New York Times’ Howard Beck reports the Knicks have swapped Penny Hardaway and Trevor Ariza for Orlando’s Steve Francis.

The only thing that makes less sense to this observer than pairing Francis and Stephon Marbury in the same backcourt, would be for Portland to try and match the latter with Sebastian Telfair. But there’s only so much complete desperation to go around.

I’m less optimistic about Isiah Thomas’ chances of making a deal for Kenyon Martin or Darius Miles with Hardaway’s expiring contract out of the mix (which isn’t to say I was exactly looking forward to the latter’s arrival).