A trip to the hyped NBA free-agent marketplace finds the New York Knicks window shopping at every booth. They are supposedly targeting upwards of 20 players in their desperate search for a couple of cheap flyers.
That’s not including J.R. Smith and Pablo Prigioni, who , as reported by Al Iannazzone of Newsday, both re-signed with the team on Thursday.
Smith “will get a four-year deal for roughly $25 million” thanks to his Early Bird rights and with no other grander offer being out there.
Prigioni “is getting a three-year deal for just under $6 million,” and he is taking a piece of the $3.2 million mid-level exception (MLE) with him—leaving just $1.75 million in the coffers.
Unfortunately, the reunion will not include Chris Copeland, though, who is all but officially gone. According to Josh Sanchez of FanSided.com, Copeland has received interest from at least seven other teams , and that means his price tag is likely going to be more than New York can afford.
Kenyon Martin has also been on the Knicks’ backburner. That is because, as first reported by Jared Zwerling of ESPN New York, the team is taking a look at free-agent power forward Elton Brand. Martin is on the radar of four other teams, though, per ESPN's Chris Broussard:
It’s a foregone conclusion that New York will only take Martin back on a veteran’s minimum contract.
So, with all of that in mind, which free agents are the Knicks now targeting and which one (or two, maybe) is the perfect fit?
Read on to find out.