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Knicks Rumors: NY Would Be Perfect Place for Andray Blatche to Get Back on Track

January 6, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards power forward Andray Blatche (7) reacts against the New York Knicks in the second half at Verizon Center. The Knicks won 99-96. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE
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Adam FromalNational NBA Featured ColumnistAugust 3, 2012

The New York Knicks are looking to solidify their bench by adding some depth to the frontcourt. By doing so, they could also provide the perfect opportunity for Andray Blatche to get his career back on track. 

Because the Knicks have already spent so much money during the offseason, Glen Grunwald can only use the veteran's minimum to add more players, and one of the primary targets is no longer willing to take such a small contract.

Because Kenyon Martin won't sign for the minimum—according to Jared Zwerling—Blatche might become the new target:

Regarding Kenyon Martin, out of available PFs, he'd make most sense for NYK. Versatile, knows Melo/JR. But source says won't sign for min.

— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) August 2, 2012

 

Andray Blatche, who got amnestied and will still make $$ from Washington, could be more open to the veteran's minimum.

— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) August 2, 2012

According to Rotoworld's updated depth charts for the 2012-13 season, Chris Copeland is currently serving as the primary backup for Amar'e Stoudemire at power forward. 

Copeland was an undrafted player out of Colorado who played in the D-League during the 2006-07 season. He's a risky pickup for the Knicks, even if he did average 21.8 points per game in Belgium last year.

It's not too much to assume that a player just one season removed from averaging 16.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game for the Washington Wizards could pass him for the primary backup role. 

Immaturity, a lack of effort and a general lack of effectiveness plagued Blatche last year, leading to his release via the amnesty clause. There's no telling whether he'll get his career back on track, but playing for a contender and going to work at Madison Square Garden is a great way for him to do so. 

The Knicks clearly need help from a veteran at power forward, although Amar'e is entrenched as the starter. That would give Blatche the perfect amount of responsibility: enough to keep him motivated but not enough that a letdown would doom the squad. 

Seeing as he's a jump-shooting big man who's still only 25 years old, Blatche could prove to be the biggest steal of free agency. 

At the veteran's minimum, this is an option that N.Y. has to pursue. 

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