The New York Knicks are having one of the more intriguing offseasons of any team in the league, as they already completed one major trade (Andrea Bargnani deal), added an impact veteran (Metta World Peace), re-signed a key big (Kenyon Martin, as per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports) and are still positioned to do more in the coming weeks.
Whether the club brings in more experienced talent to aid in the inevitable 2014 playoff run or looks to swing another trade that could shake things up, it’s doubtful that things will be quiet in the City that Never Sleeps for long.
Let’s take a look at the latest buzz out of the Big Apple concerning trades, transactions, free agency and more in Thursday’s rumor roundup.
Knicks Have Limited Frontcourt Options
In terms of acquiring another free-agent big man, the Knicks aren’t exactly in the best possible position.
Jared Zwerling of ESPN New York noted that four of the premier centers and power forwards on the open market are not being considered by team brass for various reasons.
DeJuan Blair, the former San Antonio Spurs bench contributor, is reportedly demanding a salary in the $3 million range. That is simply too rich for New York right now.
Tyrus Thomas and Greg Oden have also been ruled out, as both injury-prone big men are considered too big of a risk to be worth it.
Kenyon Martin was a solid addition and the Knicks were wise to get him under contract on Wednesday, but one more big would be ideal to round out one of the team's final three roster spots.
James Dolan May Not Like Iman Shumpert
During his time as the Knicks’ owner, Dolan has made quite a few decisions—many of which fall somewhere between head-scratching and costly.
If he were to force up-and-coming guard Iman Shumpert out—as Frank Isola of the New York Daily News has reported Dolan desires—it would be one of the worst moves yet as owner, which says a lot.
Shumpert reportedly infuriated ownership by only participating in one summer league game in Las Vegas. In that contest, the flat-topped guard scored two points on 0-5 shooting, grabbed six rebounds and dished four assists.
The 23-year-old sandwiched the exhibition game in after his basketball camp in Oak Park, Ill. and prior to jet-setting off to represent the NBA in China.
Regardless of how ownership feels about his lack of summer league participation, it would be downright foolish to take it as a personal slight and hastily trade away one of the most talented young pieces on the roster.
The Knicks aren’t exactly chock-full of homegrown, promising talent, and Shumpert’s departure would be devastating to the future of this franchise.