NBA Trade Rumors: Knicks Looking for Point Guard, Add Jeremy Lin off Waivers

Benjamin E. ChunCorrespondent IIDecember 27, 2011

It only took part of one game for the New York Knicks' lack of depth to be exposed with rookie point guard Iman Shumpert straining his MCL against Boston, now expecting to miss two-to-four weeks.  

Nate Robinson's name had been tossed around after his recent departure from Oklahoma 
City, but knowing his tenuous relationship with Coach D'Antoni, it didn't seem like a good fit.  

The Knicks have guards Mike Bibby and Baron Davis on the roster, with Davis still expected to be out for several weeks with the herniated disk in his back and Bibby hoping to return Wednesday night.  

Toney Douglas is a scoring point guard first and foremost and his playmaking skills were questionable last season and the aging Mike Bibby is no longer the player he was in his youth.  

Recently-cut guard Jeremy Lin, formerly of the Golden State Warriors, has officially signed with the Knicks after being released last month by the Warriors to make space for their large offer sheet to DeAndre Jordan, who chose to re-sign with the Clippers.  

Lin barely saw the court his rookie season thanks to the backcourt pairing of Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis, but showed off his versatility in the D-League, averaging 18 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists.

His athleticism and playmaking ability would complement the scoring prowess of Douglas and would fit well as a facilitator in the high-tempo offense that D'Antoni is famous for.  

The Knicks are about to embark on a three game west coast road trip and added point guard depth will be crucial in keeping legs fresh until Baron Davis is healthy and back from injury.