New York Knicks' Free Agent Options: Magic in a Bottle?

Vinny YeagerCorrespondent IJune 17, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 11:  Hedo Turkoglu #15 of the Orlando Magic reacts in the final minute of the fourth quarter in Game Four of the 2009 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers on June 11, 2009 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida.  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.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The Orlando Magic's 2008-2009 season will be a run that will always be remembered in the NBA history books.

They were the underdog team in the Eastern Conference, but battled through adversity and found themselves in the NBA Finals playing against Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Unfortunately, their magical run came to an end Sunday night when the Lakers wrapped up the series, taking home the trophy. Although that happened, Orlando had a great season with some outstanding players, some of which will be testing the pools of free agency this offseason.

Two of these Magic players are Hedo Turkoglu, who recently opted out of his contract, and Marcin Gortat, who backed up Magic superstar Dwight Howard for most of the season.

When the New York Knicks get into these possible acquisitions, things start to become interesting.

Donnie Walsh has already expressed interest in Gortat, who is a big, powerful center and the type of player New York desperately needs. Even though he played backup for most of this past season, people in and around the NBA have said that Gortat has the ability to be a starter in the league.

The main reason he has caught the Knicks' eye is because he plays his best basketball on the defensive end of the court. Having a defensive presence in the middle of the paint would provide wonders for New York.

Turkoglu may also be another one of the Magic's players who can be flying onto the Knicks' radar.

His style of play seems as though it might fit perfectly with the Mike D'Antoni system. He is a dead-on shooter who likes to push the ball and play with high tempo. Another asset of his game is that he likes to drive to the basket, which might bring a lot of productivity to the Knicks offense.

The Knicks should take some high interest in these two players because their qualities seem quite perfect for what the team needs to succeed and be contenders.

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