NBA Free Agents 2011: Major Flaw in Each of New York Knicks Center Targets

Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistDecember 5, 2011

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The New York Knicks are clearly in the market for a big man, but they are limited by their future plans, making their search for a competent center extremely difficult.

While the team has been linked to various players, not all of them would necessarily be a good a fit. Whether they don't fit into New York's uptempo system, or are just plain overpriced, the Knicks have to be sure not to make the wrong move, as it could prove costly down the road.

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Samuel Dalembert

Samuel Dalembert proved to be a defensive mastermind while on the Sacramento Kings, and his rebounding abilities were stellar as well, but he just isn't the right fit for the Knicks.

His biggest flaw is going to be his price. Dalembert is likely to command more than the mid-level exception, and even if by some chance he is open to signing at a discount, he is certainly going to want more than a one-year deal.

New York cannot risk its future financial plans by signing Dalembert of all people. If he was open to a discounted one-year deal, then he should be considered.

That is unlikely though, as is the probability of Dalembert making a move to the Big Apple.

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Kurt Thomas

Out of all of New York's targets at the center position, Kurt Thomas is probably the best option, yet he is not without flaws.

Thomas' greatest flaw is his age, as he is nowhere near as mobile as he once was. He cannot run the floor as well as he used to, nor can he play as many minutes or stay healthy long enough to appear in as many games.

While Thomas would only be a solution for the interim, he wouldn't alleviate the burden down low nearly as much as the Knicks need.

And then there is also the fact that Thomas prefers the Bulls to the Knicks.

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Kwame Brown

Kwame Brown has been rendered a major disappointment already, but thanks to his size, he is bound to get a multi-year deal from someone.

The Knicks would be better off not being that team, as it would affect their pursuit of a third superstar next summer. There are only a handful of exceptions New York should make in regards to straying away from their one-year-contract stance.

And Brown isn't one of them.

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 26:  Aaron Gray #34 of the New Orleans Hornets reacts in the first quarter while taking on the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2011 at Staples Center in
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Aaron Gray

Aaron Gray is likely to come cheap, and is also likley to be amenable to a one-year deal, but he just doesn't fit into the Knicks' high-octane system.

Gray adds substantial size in the paint, but he is not especially adept at running the floor. The Knicks need a big man who can somewhat thrive in transition, and Gray doesn't fit the bill.

While price is a factor, effectiveness must be as well. In those terms, Gray has yet to prove themselves.


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