Report: Baron Davis Set to Join the New York Knicks

Karthik TadisinaSenior Writer IDecember 19, 2011

Baron Davis.
Baron Davis.Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

Baron Davis is a former All-Star NBA point guard who, at one point, averaged a career-high 22.9 points per game as a member of the New Orleans Hornets (from 1999 to 2005), before dealing with injuries that caused him to miss a lot of games during his stints with the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Cleveland Cavaliers acquired Davis at the trade deadline, and after drafting Kyrie Irving with the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, they decided that it was best to move Davis as he was no longer needed with Kyrie in the fold. The Cavaliers then decided to use the amnesty clause to release the veteran guard.

The New York Knicks have been actively adding players to their roster since the start of free agency and are expected to add veteran point guard Baron Davis, according to sources. The Knicks were monitoring Davis and felt that bringing in an experienced point guard will be a good addition to the roster. The Knicks have Toney Douglas, rookie Iman Shumpert (more of a shooting guard) and signed Mike Bibby this past week, which makes for a nice backcourt.

Davis, who is expected to miss some time due to a back injury, should be an interesting addition to a Knicks team that has been actively adding pieces in order to build a solid foundation around Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire. The addition of Davis is a low-risk move in that it will add some depth to their point guard rotation.