Knicks Rumors: New York Looks to Europe to Add Depth to Roster

Ciaran GowanContributor IIIJuly 4, 2012

James White has signed a minimum deal with the Knicks.
James White has signed a minimum deal with the Knicks.

According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the New York Knicks have signed Italian League small forward James White to a guaranteed minimum contract.

Berman tweeted the following about the signing:

Prominent agent just spoke to never heard of forward James White, who has played in Italy last two seasons with Dinamo Sassari and VL Pesaro. White is a scorer, led Serie A in 2010-11 with 20.2 ppg. He averaged 17.1 ppg last season. He's played 10 NBA games, with Spurs and Rockets. Understand Glen Grunwald loves Knicks Euro scout Kevin Wilson. Which is why I think they make offer also to Spanish League PG Pablo Prigioni.

The American forward spent last season playing for Scavolini Pesaro of Serie A, whom he helped to the playoff semi-finals as a starter.

He stands at 6'7" and 200 lbs. and should bring some athleticism to the team as a player who once appeared in the NCAA College Slam Dunk Contest.

White is actually an NBA champion, despite having only played in 10 career games, as he spent his rookie season with the 2007 world-champion San Antonio Spurs.

Over the course of those 10 career games, White averaged 5.7 points and 2.0 rebounds per game in only 14.8 minutes.

With Landry Fields headed to Toronto and Steve Novak not yet signed, White is currently the only small forward on the roster this side of Carmelo Anthony.

The Knicks will hope that White can provide some rebounding from the bench, as well as some solid scoring to help make up for the loss of Fields.

As the Knicks have only the taxpayer exception of $3.09 million and the bi-annual exception of $1.96 million to spend this offseason, creative moves like these will be needed to fill out the roster, and the next in line to make his way to New York could be Argentinian point guard Pablo Prigioni.

The Knicks reportedly met with the 35-year-old point guard a few weeks ago about bringing him to the NBA as depth behind likely starter Jeremy Lin.

With Andre Miller and Steve Nash probably out of reach for the Knicks, New York will be looking for alternatives behind Lin.

Jason Kidd is still an option, but Prigioni could still be added as the third-string point guard.

Though Prigioni is obviously in the twilight of his career, he has been a winner in Europe, and that's the sort of personality the Knicks should be looking to add.

Amongst his accomplishments are an Olympic bronze medal, a Spanish Cup MVP and the ACB "Best Point Guard" award, which he has won three times.

Prigioni is a starter for the Argentine national team and will likely compete in the Olympics alongside NBA stars Manu Ginobili, Carlos Delfino, Andres Nocioni and Luis Scola.

Besides White and Prigioni, the Knicks have draft rights to Olympiacos teammates Georgios Printezis and 2012 draftee Kostas Papanikolaou, who will reportedly join the team for the 2013-14 season.