“Boom or bust?”
All summer, this has been the question squashing the fun times over at the New York Knicks free agent search party. With limited funds to sign stellar freebies, the Knicks need to take some big swings and come up with rotation players capable of propelling them to the next level.
There are some dudes with game left to be had, for sure. Let’s take a quick look at a few guys who would sign for cheap but help New York make some waves in the East.
Metta World Peace
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 75 games, 12.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, 40.3% FG, 34% 3FG, 12.5 PER.
Queensbridge stand up! Now that he’s added “amnesty fatality” to his NBA resume, Metta World Peace is officially on the market.
And now he’s off! Metta World Peace is back in the Empire State, having just agreed to a new deal with the New York Knicks, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. The Knicks will hand World Peace the remaining $1.7 million of their mid-level exception, coupled with a potential player or team option for the 2014-15 season.
Metta is a perfect addition—a competent bomber to draw attention on offense, a strong enough handler for bigs on the block on defense, and a Swiss Army knife for New York to use in a litany of rotations.
After all, Iman Shumpert can’t guard everyone.
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 18 games (12 playoffs), 7.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 60.2% FG, 13.9 PER.
Last year, when the Knicks called Kenyon Martin down from the cheap seats, doubts persisted as K-Mart continued to be effective as a power forward. Many cited his ignominious exit from the Left Coast, with rumors declaring Martin a bad locker room guy.
What a difference a year makes. Kenyon Martin’s more than proven his worth as a rotation big man in the NBA, and is fielding offers from a heap of teams. K-Mart can still bang and score with the best of them, and would be useful in establishing a lunch pail attitude on the Garden floor.
Ok, ok…so maybe the New York Knicks won’t be able to handle World Peace and Martin. One locker room crazy can be buttressed with good team chemistry, but two? Three, including J.R. Smith? Even that may be too much crazy for Coach Mike Woodson to handle.
Therefore, let’s take a deep gaze into the soul of the younger, taller Jeremy Tyler. He’s internationally known—having played in Israel and Greece after high school—and may be the tallest Knicks fan from San Diego.
Even though he got dumped by the Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks last year, Tyler is quickly making friends as an interior force at Vegas Summer League. Tyler grabbed 11 rebounds to go with 10 points, and can be another Summer League gem for Glen Grunwald’s front office collection.