The New York Knicks are apparently hoping to perfect their roster at the trading deadline and have reached out to the Minnesota Timberwolves about guard Luke Ridnour, according to Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld.
Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
The New York Knicks have expressed interest in Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Luke Ridnour, according to source.2/13/2013, 7:31:43 PM
Late Tuesday night, it was Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500 in Minneapolis who originally tweeted that there have been discussions between the two teams.
Darren Wolfson @DWolfsonKSTP
I'm sure Kahn is talking trade w/ lots of teams, but one for sure according to two league people: the #Knicks. Not sure of any particulars.2/13/2013, 4:00:39 AM
It's unclear who the Knicks would be shipping up north in exchange for Ridnour, but for the right price, it could be a solid deal for New York. Raymond Felton is one finger injury away from a lost season, and Jason Kidd's performance has tailed off dramatically in recent weeks.
Wolfson speculates that it could be Ronnie Brewer being dealt to Minnesota in the deal, noting that the Wolves made him an offer last summer. Brewer's lack of offense has hurt his playing time with the Knicks, and hasn't played double digit minutes in a game since Jan. 13.
Ridnour could provide stable insurance for the Knicks at their fragile point guard position. With Ricky Rubio on the rise in Minneapolis, the 31-year-old Ridnour likely would be a better fit elsewhere. The veteran-led Knicks seem to fit the bill.
Ridnour is a career 35 percent shooter from beyond the arc. He's scored 12 points and dished out four assists this season on average, and is able to contribute sufficient defense in the backcourt—something the Knicks sorely need.
He's under contract through the end of next season, earning $4 million this year and $4.32 million in 2013-14 as an expiring contract.
The Knicks could possibly offer Steve Novak—who has been largely invisible as of late—and Brewer to Minny. Novak is earning roughly the same salary as Ridnour this season, and Brewer is playing on the league minimum. Novak is signed through 2016 and remains one of the league's best sharpshooters. His 44 percent mark from downtown is good for fourth league-wide.
The Wolves are dead last in three-point shooting, so Novak would obviously help heal that wound. Brewer remains capable of playing sturdy perimeter defense as well.
It also seems unlikely that the Knicks would part with 22-year-old Iman Shumpert in the potential deal, so this idea already seems more promising for the Knicks' future than other rumors from the last week—most have the Knicks parting with Shumpert in favor of older, more proven talent.
This rumor seems to be realistic on both ends, but we'll know for sure by the Feb. 21 trade deadline.
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