Free Agency 2012: Which Player Can the New York Knicks Still Add?
While the Knicks have been relatively quiet the past few weeks, fans believe there are still some unanswered questions in the air, such as who will back up Amar'e Stoudemire.
The second unit seems to be a very solid one; it could be composed of Jason Kidd, J.R. Smith, Steve Novak and Marcus Camby, but there is still one spot open for discussion at the power forward. You could say that Chris Copeland could see some minutes here, but he still has not proven he can handle quality-meaningful minutes.
Fans should expect the front office to look to the free-agency market. The crop is very thin at this point, but there are still some guys that might take the veteran's minimum to play for a contender—especially one that calls Madison Square Garden home.
The first choice here is Kenyon Martin. K-Mart has a defensive mind that would be much appreciated in New York, especially if paired with Marcus Camby. The two would make it very difficult for opponents to drive to the basket.
In 42 games with the Los Angeles Clippers, Martin averaged 5.2 points per game to go with his 4.3 rebounds. Although not a scorer like Amar'e, Martin would be able to clean up the boards and provide second-chance opportunities for scorers like Smith and Novak. However, at 34 years old, he doesn't make the Knicks any younger.
Who should NY look to add?
Another possibility at the 4-spot is Louis Amundson. Similar to Martin, the 6'9" forward plays with a defensive tenacity. He is not afraid to take a charge, and he is someone that could intimidate smaller guys from driving to the basket.
Jared Zwerling of ESPN New York took to his Twitter account and told followers that he spoke with Amundson's agent, and the forward was talking to a handful of teams. He also mentions that he had no comment on if the Knicks were one of those teams.
His numbers are quite similar to Kenyon's. With the Pacers, Amundson averaged 3.6 points per game and 3.7 rebounds per game. While this is nothing to get too excited for, it still provides someone that could play defense when Stoudemire needs to rest or is in foul trouble.
The third—probably unpopular—option would be Andray Blatche. After being amnestied by the Wizards, Blatche became an unrestricted free agent, and at 25 years old, he could be beneficial to an older group of guys.
Blatche averaged 8.5 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per game last season in Washington. Looking for a fresh start, what better place to go to than New York, where you can learn from a group of veterans while competing for a title?
All three of the guys I mentioned comes with their pros and cons, but they all would bring one thing to New York's second unit that was missing last season—rebounding!
None of these guys are game-changers, but they are role players that a team like New York could certainly utilize, especially if they are willing to take the veteran's minimum.
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