Feb 17, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks power forward Jared Jeffries (9) defends New Orleans Hornets power forward Gustavo Ayon (15) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. The Hornets won 89-85. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

2012 NBA Free Agency: Potential Cheap Targets Left for New York Knicks

The New York Knicks took a risk this offseason by adding a combined 78 years of age between the additions of Jason Kidd and Marcus Camby (ESPNNewYork.com).

As long as they don’t break down, both veterans make the Knicks better, though.

Mar. 16, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks power forward Jared Jeffries (9) shoots a free throw during the first half against the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Kidd fills the need for a veteran floor general, and Camby helps add the interior defense and rebounding behind Tyson Chandler that the Knicks badly needed.

However, even with the re-signing of J.R. Smith (per ESPN New York’s Ian Begley via Twitter), the Knicks need another 2-guard and another big body to really round out the roster. Those additions are likely going to have to be guys that can be had for the veteran’s minimum,according to Jared Zwerling of ESPNNewYork.com.

With the Knicks all but capped out and signing a young player who can make an impact unlikely, here’s a look at six guys that can make an impact probably on a minimum contract.


Jared Jeffries

Jeffries likes playing in New York, and as much as Knicks fans liked to boo the veteran big man, Jeffries fills a need.

He’s a player that can be brought back at a minimum contract and can play defense and do the little things the Knicks need off the bench backing up Amar’e Stoudemire.


Mike Bibby

The same thing goes for Bibby, who wasn’t very good last year for the Knicks. But after last year, you realize the need for a third point guard, and Bibby is a veteran who head coach Mike Woodson trusts.

For the veteran’s minimum, the Knicks could do much worse.


Derek Fisher

Speaking of a veteran point guard who could be had cheap, adding a veteran leader such as Fisher wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world.

The Knicks could use a locker room presence, and I’m sure Fisher has one more big shot left in him.


Shawne Williams

Williams was popular among fans two years ago when he was in a Knicks uniform.

He can defend either forward spot and can help improve the Knicks’ perimeter shooting, which—other than Steve Novak—wasn’t very good a season ago.


Kenyon Martin

Martin may be the wild card here, as he may still be able to get more than the veteran’s minimum, but based on declining production over the years, that’s not a given.

He’s still a guy that can give the Knicks exactly what they need off the bench: defense and rebounding.


Michael Redd

Redd was once a player headed for greatness, but injuries derailed his career. While there won’t be anymore All-Star games in his future, Redd can still shoot the ball, and that’s a need right now for the Knicks.

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