While things have been very slow regarding news on the New York Knicks front as of late, there is still a hole that needs filled before training camp begins and that’s adding some additional size up front.
Several names have been linked to the Knicks the past few weeks, but the latest name appears to be forward/center Sean Williams.
ESPN’s Jared Zwerling reported that the Knicks are considering signing the big man, who was waived by the Houston Rockets last week.
The Knicks need a big man to back up Amar’e Stoudemire and currently there isn’t one on the depth chart. While we have looked at names like Kenyon Martin, Andray Blatche, Louis Amundson, Chris Andersen and D.J. White in the past, Williams is a more realistic target. All of those players have been looking for more than the veteran’s minimum, which is all the Knicks can offer, but Williams is a guy they should be able to sign for that.
The former New Jersey Net has averaged 4.2 points and 3.4 rebounds per game in four NBA seasons and made less than $1 million in 2011-12 with the Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics.
Williams was a 2007 first-round draft pick out of Boston College but hasn’t exactly had success in the NBA yet. But Celtics’ coach Doc Rivers was impressed with his development last season on defense, which would fit in great on a Mike Woodson coached team.
“He has a chance to be a shut-down defender, a shot-blocker, a guy that you can bring in and change the tempo of the game,” Rivers said in July (via Zwerling). “He rebounds the ball. He has that skill set in him. He has to marry himself to that.”
That’s all the Knicks really need from a backup power forward on this team.
The Knicks have 15 players on the roster right now, but Chris Smith is only under contract through the preseason and there is no limit to the number of players the Knicks can invite to training camp, but they can only have 15 under contract when the season begins.
Williams is also on the radar of the Miami Heat.
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