Ranking New York Knicks' Best Free-Agency Options to Add Frontcourt Depth

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Ranking New York Knicks' Best Free-Agency Options to Add Frontcourt Depth
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Frontcourt health was a major issue for the New York Knicks last season, and they'll be looking to add durable depth when free agency arrives.

In particular, New York should be targeting younger players, as they had the oldest frontcourt in the NBA last year. That will ease the strain on Tyson Chandler and allow Amar'e Stoudemire to play on a minutes limit to preserve his health.

Rebounding and shot-blocking were weaknesses throughout the campaign, so Glen Grunwald should be targeting players who can clean the glass and defend the rim. A developed offensive game would also help, but it's not realistic for them to acquire a truly well-rounded big.

The Knicks have only the $3 million taxpayer exception and veteran's minimum contracts to spend, so they'll have to make smart decisions and target some under-the-radar players. Having the 24th pick in the draft makes things a little easier, but free agency will still be difficult on the whole.

In total, New York should be looking to acquire a minimum of two more frontcourt players, and the Knicks should also make it a priority to re-sign Chris Copeland and Kenyon Martin, who won't be featured on this list for that very reason.

These rankings will take into account the quality of the player, as well as his durability and ability to contribute in future years. It will also, however, have cost as an important factor, because the best-case scenario will leave the Knicks with money to spend on other needs, such as a backup point guard.

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