Knicks Rumors: New York Needs To Re-Sign Free-Agent Shawne Williams

Matt ShetlerCorrespondent IDecember 9, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 30:  Shawne Williams #3 of the New York Knicks celebrates scoring a three pointer during the game against the New Jersey Nets at Madison Square Garden on March 30, 2011 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. The Knicks defeated the Nets 120-116  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Now that the New York Knicks have accomplished their goal of signing a center in Tyson Chandler, which in the process gives them possibly the best frontcourt in the NBA, they now need to move on to filling some other needs.

One of those things that needs to get done is re-signing free-agent Shawne Williams.

Williams was a valuable part to the Knicks bench a season ago. He offers up value as a shooter as he shoots the corner three tremendously. Offensively that's about the extent of his game, but he's a guy that averaged 7.1 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in limited minutes a season ago.

His biggest value to the team comes on the defensive end of the floor where he can defend both the 3 and the 4 effectively.

Unfortunately for the Knicks, it may take more than the current one-year, $980,000 deal that they are offering at the moment.

Williams is also currently drawing interest from the New Jersey Nets and while his preference is to remain in New York, the Nets are offering up the more lucrative deal.

While it's nice to have the big names playing a majority of the minutes, the Knicks need quality bench pieces and role players as well and Williams will fit one of those roles nicely.