Knicks Rumors: Which Guard Is Most Beneficial to New York?
With the Knicks unlikely to match Toronto's $20 million offer to Landry Fields, New York has a hole at the 2-guard spot. Yes, they have signed J.R. Smith, but history shows that he's better coming off the bench, and who knows how James White will perform.
That being said, the Knicks have interests in three guards, and all three are reasonable solutions to provide depth at the shooting guard position, but only one will be able to find their way to "The Mecca of Basketball."
Immediately following the news that the Raptors had withdrawn their qualifying offer for Sonny Weems, many teams lined up for the now unrestricted free agent's services.
Toronto's offer was for $1.1 million, so one could imagine that Weems is certainly affordable if he was willing to take this to play for the Raptors.
Chris Broussard had reported that before the Raptors pulled their offer, New York was still interested in acquiring the guard—and rightfully so. Weems averaged 9.2 points per game in 59 games.
I would not be surprised—or disappointed—if the Knicks are continuing to work the phones to add Weems to their roster.
Not known for being an offensive threat, Ronnie Brewer could still be an excellent addition to New York's rotation. When the Bulls failed to pick up Brewer's option, reports came from Jared Zwerling of ESPN New York that the Knicks were interested in adding the 2-guard.
Don't get me wrong, Ronnie could certainly execute on offense and cut when needed to. In his 66 games last season, Brewer averaged 6.9 points per game and 3.5 rebounds.
Brewer is a more defensive-minded player, and with Iman Shumpert out for quite some time, the Knicks could use an addition like this. Last season with the Chicago Bulls, the shooting guard averaged 1.1 steals per game.
As mentioned by Zwerling, "Brewer may not be attracted to the Knicks' financial availability of likely only a veteran's minimum contract." However, the Knicks might be able to work a sign-and-trade with the Bulls for Dan Gadzuric and his non-guaranteed contract.
As reported by Jared Zwerling a few weeks back, Randy Foye wants to become a Knickerbocker, and he has no problem taking the mid-level exception. Well that ship has sailed already, but New York should still reach out to Foye.
Financially, you won't get more bang for your buck elsewhere. Foye is a solid defender and an even better offensive weapon. He could space the floor to create shots for those around him, or he could take the shot and nail it—not to mention the excitement he would bring to Madison Square Garden.
Last season with the Clippers, the shooting guard averaged 11 points per game to go with his 2.2 assists and 2.1 rebounds per game.
Again, if the Knicks could work a sign-and-trade using Dan Gadzuric, this could create an opportunity for more money to go Foye's way and increase the likelihood of him pairing with the Knickerbockers.