Grant Hill: New York Knicks Must Avoid Signing Another Aging Star

Alex KayCorrespondent IJuly 16, 2012

PHOENIX - JANUARY 07:  Amar'e Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks drives the ball against Grant Hill #33 of the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game at US Airways Center on January 7, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  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 Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The New York Knicks certainly got older in the summer of 2012.

Instead of targeting promising young talent in free agency, the organization instead opted to go after a number of aging veterans—such as Jason Kidd, Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas—to round out its roster.

The Knicks should buck this trend and must show absolutely no interest in acquiring 39-year-old swingman Grant Hill.

According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, the No. 3 overall pick in the 1994 draft has some interest in heading to the Big Apple, along with his wife.

Grant Hill, NBA's second oldest player behind Kurt Thomas, is considering Knicks, Lakers & Heat. Hill's wife, the singer Tamia, prefers NY

— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) July 15, 2012

However, with the Knicks already strapped for cap space and possessing a roster chock-full of creaky vets, the last thing they need is to sign a swingman on the verge of his 40th birthday.

There is just no way that Hill will be able to carry the defensive load on a nightly basis against his position, especially against the elite teams in the Eastern Conference.

If the Knicks want a chance to get past the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Brooklyn Nets and Indiana Pacers in the conference, they will have to get more athletic.

The Heat and OKC Thunder just proved that young, talented rosters have the best chance to win the Finals. While older teams—such as the Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs—were in contention, they just didn’t have the legs to keep up in the postseason.

GM Glen Grunwald needs to take a lesson from watching the 2012 NBA playoffs and realize that he should be out acquiring high-upside, youthful players with his limited cap space this summer.

While Grant Hill and his veteran presence certainly still have a place in the league, he’s just not needed on a New York Knicks team that already has too many players filling that role.