NBA Rumors: Knicks' Franchise Ineptitude Apparent with Interest in Sean Williams
The New York Knicks are a mess. The freshest example is the latest rumor swirling about their offseason: They are seriously contemplating adding 25-year-old power forward Sean Williams.
ESPN's Jared Zwerling reported this information:
A source familiar with the Knicks' free-agency plans told ESPNNewYork.com that the team is considering signing forward-center Sean Williams, who was waived by the Rockets this week.
This isn't a slam on Williams, who finished off last season with the Boston Celtics. He is fine for what he is: a power forward who can play enough defense to get on the court a few times a game for the veteran's minimum.
The bigger problem is that they are targeting him at all. This team needs a lot more than a developing defensive forward to bring off the bench. They need a roster makeover, but the salaries involved make that a difficult task.
Instead, they keep compounding their mistakes with more puzzling moves and complete disregard for how any of their accumulated pieces will fit together.
With their interest in Williams, it is clear that the Knicks are not comfortable with veterans Marcus Camby, Kurt Thomas and Steve Novak coming off the bench at the forward position, and that is certainly a reasonable conclusion.
With the balky knees of Amar'e Stoudemire making him a strong candidate to miss time and play limited minutes next season, the Knicks need quality depth.
Camby and Thomas can both do the job, but they would have done it better 10 years ago. Neither is younger than 38. Novak is a much younger option, but the sharpshooter fills a different role.
All of this serves to highlight the floundering state of the Knicks.
They have three players on the bench who have played power forward, yet they still reportedly feel compelled to add another one because they have been slapping square pegs into round holes with such fervor that they now realized they could be injured out of all power forwards.
The flawed attempt at a "Big 3" was wildly apparent last season as the team underwhelmed its way to a first-round exit. In fact, the only time the Knicks really clicked as a team is when Jeremy Lin was turning the world onto Linsanity.
So, what do the Knicks do this offseason? They idly watch as Lin is signed by the Houston Rockets, while adding the ancient Jason Kidd and the rapidly enlarging Raymond Felton.
At this point, the Knicks are just grasping for straws. There is no visible plan for the future, no concerns over chemistry, roles or effectiveness, and there is no end in sight.
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