Knicks Rumors: Grant Hill Would Bring Positive Veteran Presence to New York

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJuly 17, 2012

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The New York Knicks have had a bizarre offseason, most notably due to the tug-of-war taking place with the Houston Rockets for the services of Jeremy Lin. But if the team signs Grant Hill, at least they will add a solid, veteran presence to the mayhem that always seems to swirl about the Big Apple.

It looks like the Knicks are one of the teams in the running to land the 39-year-old Hill, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News:

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

Knicks pulling out all the stops to impress Grant Hill. A source says a few execs went to see Hill's wife, Tamia, perform at Mandalay Bay

— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) July 15, 2012

Sure, the Knicks would suddenly be one of the NBA's oldest NBA teams with Thomas, Marcus Camby and Jason Kidd already on the roster.

But Hill's presence would be perfect in New York, especially after Jason Kidd's DWI has brought his character into question by some.

Off the court, he's considered a character individual. On the court, he's hard-working, unselfish, savvy and willing to fill whatever role a team requires of him. That makes him as fine a teammate as you'll find in the NBA.

And when healthy, he generally makes an impact on the court.

Sure, he saw a dip in his numbers across the board last year, averaging just 10.2 points in 28.1 minutes per game for the Phoenix Suns last year. You're certainly not bringing him on to be your third scorer.

But as a role player earning limited minutes off the bench and giving you everything he's got on the court?

Yeah, Hill can handle that still.

The probable loss of Lin, the loss of Landry Fields and the incident with Kidd has made this a tumultuous offseason in New York. And I'm not entirely sure this team has really improved with the offseason additions they did make.

Have the additions of Kidd, Camby, Thomas and Raymond Felton really made this team any better?

Maybe, but not by much.

Adding Hill wouldn't suddenly tip the scales to the "awesome offseason" side, but it would certainly make the Knicks a deep—if not ancient—squad.

He may not be Lin, but he's probably as good as the Knicks are going to do at this point. And with intangibles through the roof, his addition would make an impact beyond the stat sheet.


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