Knicks News: A Former Fan Favorite Looking to Return to New York

TJ NagyAnalyst IIISeptember 23, 2012

PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 07:  Shawne Williams #3 of the New York Knicks puts up a shot against the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game at US Airways Center on January 7, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Knicks defeated the Suns 121-96.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Knicks are still trying to pick up one or two more pieces this offseason as they continue to build for a big-time title run in 2012-13.

The biggest thing on their to-do list at the moment is find another reliable, seasoned power forward who can fill a quality bench role and back up the injury-prone Amar'e Stoudemire.

The top names being thrown around include Kenyon Martin and Louis Amundson. Both are above-average PFs who are looking to sign a mini or mid-level exception contract, which is something the Knicks simply can't offer them. 

Well, according to ESPN, throw one more player into the mix...sort of. Former Knick Shawne Williams is eyeing a return to his old stomping grounds. As of right now though, the Knicks don't appear interested.  

The former first-round pick had his best season in 2010 when he was with New York and quickly became a fan favorite. Off the bench, he put up of 7.1 PPG and 3.7 RPG. His biggest contribution though was from behind the arc, where he averaged over 40 percent from downtown and seemed to always make the big shot.  

In the ESPN report, it is specifically said that Williams has stated that he would be open to returning for the veteran's minimum. The Hawks and Bobcats are also reportedly interested in his services.

Personally, I think Williams is a very solid option for the Knicks if they choose to bring him back. He's more than just a three-point threat, and he proved that in New York with the fact that he almost averaged one block per game off the bench, among other things. 

Granted, his inside game leaves a lot to be desired, and that's one thing that the Knicks still could use. But he's still a very talented player who is familiar with the organization and can actually contribute on both sides of the court.

Plus, Williams made clutch three-point shooting cool in New York long before Steve Novak started discount double checking all over MSG. He's eager to return and wants to make an impact on a championship contender. Now that's a player any Knicks fan can get behind. 

The Knicks can't wait around forever for guys like Martin and Amundson to give in and take the veteran's minimum. Other names being thrown around are Chris Andersen and Jordan Williams, but they shouldn't be making any Knicks fans jump for excitement either. However, if the Knicks keep holding out for the big fish, they might end up empty-handed. 

Let me know what you guys think. Should Williams be on New York's radar?