Knicks Rumours: What's Next for New York After Letting Go of Jeremy Lin?
The New York Knicks are in the headlines again—this time not for adding a player, but for letting one go.
After Linsanity took the NBA and the world by storm back in February, New York decided not to match Houston's back-loaded offer for the point guard, a decision which has already proved unpopular amongst many Knicks fans.
The Knicks already have Lin's replacement in the form of Raymond Felton—whom they acquired from the Portland Trail Blazers via sign-and-trade on Monday—but that doesn't necessarily mean they're finished tweaking their roster.
There may be 13 players already under contract for the Knicks heading into the 2012-13 season, but there are some needs that need to be filled before training camp rolls around.
Using only the veteran's minimum, the Knicks will need to find at least one more shooting guard in free agency to help cover for the injured Iman Shumpert, and they could probably also use some more insurance for Amar'e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler off the bench to go with Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas.
At the moment, the biggest rumor for the Knicks is that they have expressed interest in defensive specialist, Ronnie Brewer, which was reported by ESPN's Jared Zwerling last week.
Brewer would fit perfectly into the more defensive team that the Knicks will become next season under Mike Woodson, and his limitations on offense shouldn't hurt the Knicks too much with players like Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony around.
At 27, Brewer is a player who still has a little bit of upside, so bringing in him in now could also pay dividends in the future.
Who should be the Knicks' next signing?
The only problem the Knicks will face in acquiring Brewer is that another team may offer him a little more than the veteran's minimum—they'll just have to hope the bright lights of New York City and a chance at competing for a title are enough to convince him to sign.
A more realistic shooting guard option may be Mo Evans, another player the Knicks have shown interest in according to Ian Begley of ESPN.
Having already signed a number of aging players this offseason, Evans' age may deter the Knicks a bit, but he's still as productive a player as they'd be able to find with the veteran's minimum.
Evans isn't the most attractive free agent out there by any means, but he should be able to handle 20 minutes per game as Shumpert rehabs his knee injury.
It would take quite a lot of persuasion from Glen Grunwald to get him to sign for the veteran's minimum, but Randy Foye could still be in play for the Knicks.
Foye is the best shooting guard anywhere near the Knicks' price range, and though he's probably worth a little more than the veteran's minimum, he is reportedly interested in the Knicks.
It's more of a pipe dream than anything else, but if the Knicks can convince Foye to come to New York their roster will suddenly look a lot deeper.
Foye's Clipper teammate last season, Ryan Gomes, could also be an option for the Knicks as a back-up forward, as they may be looking for someone who's more of a sure thing than Chris Copeland.
Gomes was amnestied by the Clippers this week, making him a viable option for the Knicks.
Even at 6'7", Gomes has the ability to play both forward positions, and as such he is a player that deserves some consideration from the Knicks brass.
At this point, the Knicks are simply looking for the finishing touches on what already is a very talented roster, but we saw last season just how important depth can be when injuries come around.
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