February 20, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz small forward Josh Howard (8) passes the ball during the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at Energy Solutions Arena. The Spurs defeated the Jazz 106-102. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE

Knicks still showing interest in Josh Howard

According to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports, the Knicks are among three teams (Bobcats and Bulls are the other two teams) that are still interested in Josh Howard.  At one point in his career, the 32 year old veteran was one of the top small forwards in the league, making an All-Star Appearance in 2007.  But injuries have plagued him the past 3 years – after leaving the Mavs in the 2009-2010 season to play for the Washington Wizards and the Utah Jazz, Howard has only played in 65 regular season games.

As long as he stays healthy Howard could be a great addition to the Knicks.  We all know he’s not going to average 20 points a game like he did in 07-08 but that’s not why the Knicks are after him.  The Knicks think the 6’7 forward can make a great contribution on the defensive end since he has the capability of guarding many positions.

Although Howard knows he’ll act as a backup for the now talented Knicks team, he will definitely get playing time since Novak, the other backup forward is not known for his defense.  With Ronnie Brewer out for 6 weeks with a torn meniscus in his left knee, Howard will also see some additional time.  Woodson can even use Howard with Carmelo Anthony in the game so that he could move to the 4 spot, which he excelled at last season.

Josh Howard is also willing to sign cheap which is great for the Knicks since they could only offer the veteran’s minimum which would be around 1.23 million dollars.  Overall this addition will add even more talent to an already deep team with all the acquisitions made this summer – and as long as Howard stays healthy and plays under control, he will work well for the Knicks.

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