With Monday’s announced signing of former Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace, it also meant that the New York Knicks wouldn’t be able to necessarily upgrade much in other areas, most notably frontcourt depth.
With World Peace taking the rest of the Knicks mini mid-level exception it means the Knicks can only offer players veteran minimum contracts from this point.
As a result it has meant that they have lost out on free agent forward Elton Brand, who was perceived to be one of the Knicks top targets ever since free agency began July 1.
Brand reached a one-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks, his agent David Falk told USA TODAY Sports.
As it turned out, Brand turned out to be out of the Knicks price range as his deal will pay him $4 million next season.
Brand averaged 7.2 points and six rebounds in 72 games. The Dallas Mavericks signed Brand to a one-year deal after the Philadelphia 76ers used the amnesty provision on him in July, 2012.
While not in his prime any longer, Brand would have added some much needed depth and production to the Knicks frontcourt, something they are still lacking.
With Brand no longer an option, the Knicks will likely turn their attention back to Kenyon Martin, but it remains to be seen if he will settle for the veterans minimum as there are other suitors out there for K-Mart’s services.
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