Still with a few minimum contracts to hand out, the New York Knicks are exploring all options to land additional frontcourt depth and another point guard to their 2013-14 roster.
One interesting name that they recently had in for a workout was former first-round pick Austin Daye.
Daye became an unrestricted free agent when the Memphis Grizzlies declined to make him a qualifying offer last month, and he tells Shams Charania of RealGM.com that he’s been in talks with several teams.
Daye also said that he hasn’t worked out for any teams, but Jared Zwerling of ESPNNewYork.com reported yesterday that he’d worked out for the Knicks.
He hasn’t made much of an impact in the NBA since being drafted No. 15 in 2009, and now he wants the opportunity to play significant minutes to contribute. Daye averaged 4.5 points and 2.2 rebounds last season for the Memphis Grizzlies and Detroit Pistons.
The 25-year old would add some needed youth and athleticism to a Knicks roster that needs some of both. In addition, at 6’11” he would add some needed size to the thin Knicks frontcourt.
In four NBA season Daye boasts career averages of only 5.8 points and 2.6 rebounds per game, although his per 36 minute numbers are slightly better at 13.1 points and 6.5 rebounds.
However, while it would be nice to add some younger and more athletic pieces, Daye doesn’t exactly fit a need for the Knicks.
He is just another guy who likes to shoot the ball and is pretty lousy in terms of rebounding and defending.
The Knicks already have enough players of that pedigree and I can’t seriously see them considering Daye at any point this offseason.
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