Knicks Rumors: Latest Buzz on Metta World Peace, Andrea Bargnani and More

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Knicks Rumors: Latest Buzz on Metta World Peace, Andrea Bargnani and More
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The New York Knicks are having one of the more intriguing summers of any team in the NBA.

They have managed to pull off quite a few blockbuster moves, despite their status as a big-market organization with little cap flexibility heading into the offseason.

Instead of standing pat and hoping that things would change for a team that faltered in the Eastern Conference Finals, general manager Glen Grunwald is making his own luck and attempting to do whatever he can to improve the squad.

With a marquee addition like Andrea Bargnani already in the books and more moves still likely to come, there’s never a dull moment when it comes to Big Apple basketball.

Let’s take a look at the hottest talks and latest buzz concerning the Knickerbockers in Wednesday’s rumor roundup.

 

Knicks Hoping to Find World Peace

The latest rumors have it that the Los Angeles Lakers will exercise their amnesty clause on Metta World Peace on Wednesday, which would allow bidders to vie for the veteran’s contract.

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If he isn’t selected and hits the free-agent pool, the Knicks reportedly are hoping the mercurial forward will take a league-minimum salary to play for his hometown franchise and have another chance to contend for a championship.

Yahoo! Sports’ Marc J. Spears notes that New York would give him heavy consideration for the starting small forward spot, as the 33-year-old is a perfect complement to the roster with his defensive capabilities and decent three-point shooting.

While there is some talk that he will retire if amnestied—Metta’s father spoke with NBA.com and SNY.tv’s Adam Zagoria and revealed that information—the longtime star could have a change of heart.

The 33-year-old still has plenty left in the tank and could be a regular contributor for a quality Knicks team in 2013-14.

 

Front Office Keeping an Eye on Anthony Tolliver

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The Knicks definitely need to find some more shooters—especially from the forward position—after sending Steve Novak to the Toronto Raptors as part of the Andrea Bargnani trade.

One they could possibly land on the cheap is Anthony Tolliver, a 6’8” sniper that is lethal from beyond the arc.

According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the club is currently keeping tabs on the shooter, but will have to wait for the Atlanta Hawks—his incumbent team—to make the first move.

Tolliver averaged 4.1 points and 2.5 rebounds in 15.5 minutes in Atlanta last season.

While the five-year veteran hasn’t had much success when playing for big stretches, he’s been serviceable off the pine and can hold his own in limited minutes.

He would make for a great deep-bench addition in Manhattan, as the Knicks have found a way in recent years to get the most out of these unknown talents.

 

Bargnani May Not Start, Could Definitely Finish

One theory as to why Andrea Bargnani struggled so much is that it was a result of former Raptors star Chris Bosh’s defection to the Miami Heat in 2010.

Apparently the Knicks agree, as Berman pointed out that a source inside the organization thinks the pressure of being the top option hurt the former No. 1 overall pick’s performance.

For Bargnani, the Knicks represent a chance to start over and get a clean sheet after years of misery in Toronto.

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Carmelo Anthony will shoulder much of the scoring load and be the primary option on offense, allowing Bargnani to space the floor with his shooting and open things up for his teammates.

Berman’s source noted that Bargnani likely will not join the starting lineup, but he should be one of the first players to come off the bench and could be on the floor come crunch time.

Head coach Mike Woodson has plenty of time to figure out how he wants to implement his newest player, and should have no problem fitting him into his rotation.

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