Knicks Rumors: Randy Foye Should Now Be New York's Top Free Agent Target
Now, the orange and blue-clad team should return the favor and make the shooting guard its top priority among the remaining unclaimed free agents.
Rather than matching the Toronto Raptors' offer sheet for Landry Fields, the Knicks should instead let the former Stanford guard walk, then sign Foye and allow him to take over the reins as the starting 2-guard in "The City That Never Sleeps."
J.R. Smith could serve in a similar role to the one he filled this past season, coming off the bench to provide a nice scoring punch in the backcourt now that he has re-signed with the team.
While one might think that signing Smith would lessen the need for Foye, that's not entirely true. Smith is such an up-and-down player that a steadier performer like Foye would be quite beneficial.
Although Foye would have to take a pay-cut to join the team, N.Y. could really use the 28-year-old shooting guard in its quest for a title.
Starting 48 of his 65 appearances for the Los Angeles Clippers last season, Foye averaged 11.0 points, 2.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.4 blocks and 0.7 steals per game.
He's not a star, but the Knicks don't exactly need another one with Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler and potentially Jeremy Lin all in place. They also can't afford to pay for a star, so that would really be out of the question.
Foye is a great threat from behind the three-point line. Last season, he hit 38.6 percent of his 5.1 tries per contest.
Should the New York Knicks pursue Randy Foye?
However, when he's not camping out downtown, Foye can also create his own shot off the dribble. He's not a terrific defender, but he's a serviceable one and will lessen the blow suffered from Iman Shumpert's injury.
Shumpert would be able to take back over the starting job from Foye when he's fully healthy, but having a quality starting option like the former Clipper would ease the necessity to rush Shumpert back into the lineup.
There aren't any negatives to a Foye signing, provided he's willing to take the necessary decline in salary. If that's the case, fire away with the offer.
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