NBA Free Agency 2012: Who Should the Knicks Sign Before Next Season?

Andrew BurtonCorrespondent IIIJune 25, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06:  (L-R) Carmelo Anthony #7  and Amare Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks walk off the court after they won 89-87 against the Miami Heat in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 6, 2012 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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With the recent verdict in the Early Bird's rights case involving players claimed off waivers, the New York Knicks have some leeway for free-agent signings. 

Many will tell you they would like to see Steve Nash draped in the Knickerbocker blue and orange—after all, his SoHo home is only 10 minutes away from Madison Square Garden. He could be the star point guard that leads the Knicks to glory now, and at the same time, be the mentor to a young Jeremy Lin. 

Other members of the Knick faithful would suggest going after a less expensive point guard option like Raymond Felton, who has previously had success with power forward Amar'e Stoudemire. This could translate into a reemergence of Stoudemire after a subpar season.  

The money saved on this option could then go into signing another free agent, a scorer to complement their pick and roll and help alleviate the scoring pressure placed on Carmelo Anthony. Enter Ray Allen, the league leading three-point scorer.

Others would say another big man option is a necessity; they claim that Lamar Odom did horrible last season because he didn't want to be in Dallas and perhaps the Knicks should gamble on the former NBA Sixth Man of the Year. With an atrocious season like his last season, he's sure to take a pay cut wherever he goes. 

So in which direction do the fans want the Knicks to take? A proven point guard? A league-leading three-point shooter? A Mr. Kardashian-Odom?

More importantly, what decision do we expect the front office to make?