New York Knicks team president Phil Jackson is still trying to make a splash this offseason and while his attempt to acquire Minnesota Timberwolves’ superstar Kevin Love fell well short, the Zen Master may be turning his attention in another direction.
While Jackson’s reported offer of Amar’e Stoudemire, Iman Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr. was a bit laughable for Love, it has been rumored that Jackson could be willing to offer the same package in order to land Detroit Pistons restricted free agent big man Greg Monroe.
However I wouldn’t get too excited as the Knicks offer would likely fall well short of what the Pistons would be looking for as well.
Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders adds that the Knicks don’t have the type of assets the Pistons would want in a sign-and-trade after it was suggests the Knicks offer that same package of Hardaway, Stoudemire and Shumpert (or guard J.R. Smith) to the Pistons in a sign-and-trade.
“I don’t see how Detroit would take that, nothing in that deal for them,” Kyler wrote. “They have those kinds of guys already.”
Monroe would be a nice addition to the Knicks but even if the Pistons would be interested, it would almost certainly would have to come at the expense of dealing Hardaway.
Monroe averaged 15.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 49.7% from the field and 65.7% from the free-throw line last season.
He would definitely be an upgrade to the Knicks frontcourt and the Knicks do have a couple of guards they can deal, but at the end of the day they simply don’t have the assets necessary to make a potential deal like this work.