Don’t expect the Knickerbockers to rush into a decision, especially after being humbled by the lower-seeded Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference semifinals during the 2013 playoffs.
This team is serious about retooling from the ground up and has made a number of drastic changes over the summer.
Players such as Metta World Peace, Beno Udrih and Kenyon Martin were signed for cheap, while general manager Glen Grunwald went out of his way to trade for a potential star in Andrea Bargnani.
Let’s take a look at which targets the shrewd team-builder has in his sights and more in Tuesday’s New York-centric rumor roundup.
Lou Amundson On the Radar
“Sweet” Louis Amundson has been bouncing around the league for years, but the veteran journeyman has yet to make a stop in the Big Apple.
According to ESPN New York’s Jared Zwerling, the Knicks have expressed interest in the 30-year-old big man and see him as a potential option to add depth to their injury-prone front line.
Source: #Knicks have interest in Lou Amundson to add depth to frontcourt. Few other teams in mix. Lou is hoping to make decision next week.— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) August 9, 2013
Amundson holds career averages of 3.7 points and 3.6 rebounds per game, mostly as a high-energy reserve coming off the bench.
He’s played for eight teams since breaking into the Association back during the 2006-07 campaign, with his best seasons coming as a member of the run-and-gun Phoenix Suns back in 2008-09 and 2009-10.
If he signs on with the Knicks, Amundson would add more energy and size to a frontcourt that features talented but oft-injured players such as Tyson Chandler, Amar’e Stoudemire, Bargnani, Martin and more.
If the Knicks elect to go with an experienced player to round out the roster, expect Amundson to get a call.
Ovidijus Galdikas Working Out
The search for the final puzzle piece isn’t limited to just American players, as Grunwald appears to be searching high and low for a cheap but talented player.
Zwerling reported that the club recently brought in Lithuanian big Ovidijus Galdikas for a workout.
Source: Lithuanian big #Knicks worked out this week was Ovidijus Galdikas. Initial thoughts were Robertas Javtokas or Mindaugas Kuzminskas.— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) August 9, 2013
The 24-year-old center has incredible size at 7’2” and could serve as a backup rim protector in New York.
He’s been playing professionally in his home country with BC Siauliai since the 2012-13 season and has various experiences in other leagues in Europe.
Galdikas is a bit of an enigma, but there are almost no other big men available with his combination of height and upside.
It remains to be seen if there are any buyout issues or even how serious the organization is about acquiring Galdikas after the workout.
Henry Sims Not Being Considered
Many hardcore Knicks fans know the name Henry Sims, as the D-League superstar has been making a splash for some time now with the Erie BayHawks.
Unfortunately, Zwerling has found that the New York brass isn’t likely to consider Sims for its 15th guaranteed contract this season—even with assistant GM Allan Houston a noted fan of the Georgetown product.
Who should the Knicks sign to fill out the roster?
At 6’10”, 245 pounds, Sims certainly isn’t lacking in size. His production hasn’t been shabby either, as he averaged 16.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.5 blocks over 41 D-League contests.
The Knicks’ decision to ink Jeremy Tyler to a contract this offseason has likely factored into their choice not to pursue Sims, as one inexperienced D-Leaguer is likely enough for a team that has championship aspirations.