Knicks Eyeing Swingman Bonzi Wells Works out in Knicks Free Agent Mini Camp
Bonzi Wells, the former double-double bound swing-man, went to Knicks mini free agency mini camp on Thursday, and Friday.
There's a big possibility that Mike D'Antoni, who will likely remain the Knicks head coach next year, was working in the 2000-01 season with Wells in Portland.
Wells, who retired two years ago, is reportedly ready to play again, possibly for the Knicks. Wells told the AP: "You walk into the gym and you see everyone from the president on down to the equipment manager with chairs along the court, so you've got to bring it."
Seventeen players worked out for the camp in this past week. It looked like the Knicks staff was obviously pleased with his performance.
Wells told the AP "I'm a 34-year-old guy and I got up and down the court excellent. I shot the ball great. I played pretty good defense. I did the best I could to keep those little 20-year-old guys in front of me." It looks like he's truly excited to go back in the NBA.
Wells, who is a 6-foot-5 swing-man, played for five teams over the course of 10 seasons and averaged 12.1 points per game in his career.
Though Wells was known as a stubborn player, he's looking more mature than ever as he entered the camp.
He told the press that "I just told them, I've been playing with the local Y for the last couple years and I've been coaching AAU, so that's been my life the last couple years. I just stayed straight forward and was very honest. Hopefully, they understood my sincerity."
D'Antoni mentioned Wells and said he understands his problems and immaturity when he was a 23 or 24-year-old, but now the Knicks should give him a chance because it's 10 years later, and people change.
If the Knicks organization signs him, what will it mean? Where will he be?
Now that the Knicks have their own D-league team, he could possibly lead it. Or he can be one of the needed puzzle pieces to the team, and a veteran which will add depth to the team.
Wells is due for another workout on June 25 and 26 right after the NBA draft. This could mean that the Knicks are possibly going to what roster spots they have for Wells after the draft.
Wells is feeling great and could soon be a New York Knick.
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