Minnesota Timberwolvers point guard Luke Ridnour would help solidify a fragile New York Knicks backcourt.
It doesn't look like I need to tell the Knicks this. There are reports from two respected journalists connecting the Knicks to a possible trade for Ridnour.
The first comes from Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld:
The New York Knicks have expressed interest in Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Luke Ridnour, according to source.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) February 13, 2013
And if that is not enough for you, Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500 in Minneapolis hits us with this tweet:
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.— Darren Wolfson (@DarrenWolfson) February 13, 2013
At 32-17, the Knicks own the Eastern Conference's second-best best record. They must be careful to upset the chemistry that has helped spur their success this season, but they also have to find another player who can handle the point.
So far, the Knicks have received solid play from point guards Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd, and Ridnour would not be a dramatic upgrade on that duo.
However, the Knicks could use a little insurance at this position. Recent evidence suggests that Kidd, who will be turning 40 on March 23, can't withstand the rigors of the long season. His numbers are already rapidly dwindling—in his last five games, he has averaged just 3.6 points and 2.4 assists.
Then there is the little matter of Raymond Felton playing through what appears to be an easily aggravated finger injury.
This leaves the Knicks in a fragile situation, as there is a solid chance that playoff time could roll around and Felton would be on the shelf with injury, while Kidd could be worn down to the point of ineffectiveness.
Adding Ridnour would help ease these concerns. The 32-year-old is a smart and highly serviceable player. On the season, he is averaging 12.2 points and 3.9 assists in 31 minutes a game.
Ridnour has a decent outside shot, good handles and he is solid on defense. All of these skills would fit nicely with the Knicks.
If the Knicks can get the Timberwolves to agree on a deal centered on the likes of Steve Novak or Ronnie Brewer, they need to pull the trigger and not look back.