As the NBA playoff season in it’s final rounds and a champion being crowned in a few weeks, the offseason will begin. The New York Knicks have an interesting offseason ahead of them, with making some decisions on some key players on their roster or to dip into the free agency pool.
It all starts with Linsanity. If the Knicks decide to re-sign him, all other point guard options would be thrown out the window with the large amount of money already tied up in Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire, and Tyson Chandler. If the Knicks decide to let Jeremy Lin go, Steve Nash would gage obvious interest to the Knicks. He would bring a veteran presence and experience at point guard, Stoudemire had his best years with Nash, and he lives in New York City.
Some other free agents at the point guard position that I think would fit great with the Knicks would be Andre Miller, Derek Fisher, Jason Kidd, Aaron Brooks, and Goran Dragic.
Another decision the Knicks management has to make is the state of their bench. Key players off their bench: JR Smith, Steve Novak, Landry Fields, Jared Jeffries and Mike Bibby can all be potentially gone next year. JR Smith holds his future in his own hands, with a $2.5 player option. He seems to love New York, but does he think he will get more in the open market?
I think the Knicks should find a way to sign both Steve Novak and Jared Jeffries. Novak is a deadly three-point shooter, but with him leading the league in three-point percentage, he might command more than the Knicks can offer. Jeffries may not fill up a stat line, but every Knick fan knows he is very valuable to have with his defense and willing to do the little things on both the offensive and defensive side of the court.
As for the available free agents, Knicks fans are going to hear a lot of names, but I think they would be pipe dreams unless they decide to take less money. Names like Ray Allen, Danny Green, Michael Redd, Grant Hill, Reggie Evans, and Greg Oden all sound like names that would look good in the blue and orange. But I believe the Knicks shouldn’t do what they did in the past and force a signing.
If Allen or Hill want to come here and help win a championship and take the minimum, that is great, I just don’t see that happening.
With it being probable that Mike Woodson will be back and enter his first full season as head coach, the Knicks will need to bring in players that fit his style. Hard-nosed defenders and players who can create their own shots.
With Tyson, Melo, Stat, and Iman Shumpert most likely being the four out of the five starters next year, the Knicks need to decide their point guard and fill in key bench players.
Smart management and a solid draft choice in the second round must happen for the offseason to be a success and to be legit contenders in the 2013-2014 season.