Donnie Walsh pulled the trigger on a deal that will likely be the catalyst for at least one other and he says he is "hopeful" to get more done before Thursday's 3 p.m. trade deadline.

Walsh admitted that the Milicic-for-Cardinal swap, which at face value provides some cash savings for the franchise, could also be a precursor for another deal when he was asked if the trade would have an affect on other deals. "Not directly," he said, "but yes."

Walsh would not say if Cardinal would remain a Knick for long. He could either be included in another deal or waived to clear a roster spot.

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There will be a lot on Walsh's breakfast plate when he wakes Thursday morning. There is the Nate Robinson scenario with the Boston Celtics (Eddie House and J.R. Giddens are mentioned as pieces in that package) and an Al Harrington deal with the Chicago Bulls (Tyrus Thomas and Jerome James come back in that one). Both of those are 1-for-2's that the Knicks, as currently constructed, don't have the roster space to accomodate.

And of course there is the big one, the Tracy McGrady monstrosity that could complete a major trade trifecta for Walsh in this quest to rebuild the franchise in 2010.