As the lockout ends, the free agent rumors begin.
Let’s get the Chris Paul rumor out of the way first. I’m not going to spend any time talking about this, since I don’t think anyone thinks bringing CP3 to the Knicks isn’t in either of their best interests. Too many articles have already been written about Paul to the Knicks since the rumor of his agent telling Hornets’ management Paul wants out and to the Knicks broke this afternoon.
With or without Paul, the Knicks will need to add many complimentary pieces this offseason if they want to make a serious title run next year. They are in desperate need of a center who will allow Amar’e to play the majority of his minutes at PF, where he is most effective. They also can really use another guard because I know Landry Fields was excellent all season last year, but come playoff time he really didn’t show up at all.
Here are my thoughts on the rumors surrounding the Knicks so far.
If the Knicks signed Anthony Parker, they would be adding a solid scorer who would fill in for Melo when he needs a break.
I see Parker and Shawne Williams as very similar players. I know Williams is currently an unrestricted free agent and it’s not guaranteed he’ll return to the Knicks, but he has stated NBA free-agent buzz: Butler eyes Clips, Bulls" target="_blank">he would like to return and the Knicks have said they’d like to bring him back.
I don’t see a point to having both players on the roster and I think Williams will definitely be the cheaper option and he already is familiar with D’Antoni’s system. The Knicks should only consider adding Parker if Williams signs elsewhere.
Come on Knicks, you can’t seriously be thinking about adding this guy if it’s not for the league minimum.
Redd is a fraction of the player he once was. Multiple ACL injuries have crippled his career and turned at one point one of the most dynamic scorers in the league into a bench warmer. Even in the little action he’s seen the past two seasons Redd’s production has been horrendous, shooting well under 30 percent from 3-point land. He used to shoot closer to 40 percent from that range.
Unless he’s signed to take Andy Rautin's spot in the rotation next year, I really hope Redd’s not on the Knicks.
I’m not going to lie; I can’t really give a fair assessment on the Knicks re-acquiring Jamal Crawford. As one of the biggest Knicks fans you’ll ever meet, I can honestly say I’ve seen almost every single Knicks game from around the year 2000 until now. Over that time period, my favorite Knick hands down was Jamal Crawford.
I know Jamal’s game like the back of my hand. As soon as he catches the ball, I can call when he’s trying to drive to the bucket or cross his man up and pull up from five feet behind the 3-point line. I’ve seen it a million times.
Considering that, I obviously want Jamal Crawford back with the Knicks. He is a spark plug off the bench who can go off for 40 points on any night. The only problem is he is going to demand a pretty big contract. I don’t see a scenario where the Knicks can bring him back and still have enough money to go after CP3. If Jamal’s willing to sign a MLE contract, the Knicks should 100 percent do that.
This is definitely my favorite out of all the rumors, but also the one that I find most unlikely. Adding Caron Butler to the Knicks starting lineup would really improve the Knicks dramatically. I do really like Landry Fields in the starting rotation, but Butler is definitely much better than him. Butler would match Landry’s intensity on the boards, while also adding his defensive toughness and excellent scoring.
The reason I say this trade is unlikely though is because Butler has said he prefers the NBA free-agent buzz: Butler eyes Clips, Bulls" target="_blank">Bulls and Clippers over every other team. He is also probably going to demand more money than the Knicks are willing to spend. Maybe since he’s coming off of an injury that that only allowed him to play in 29 games last season his asking price may be a little lower, but probably not since so many teams have already been linked to wanting him.