Donte Greene: New York Knicks Show Interest In Former Syracuse Product

While the New York Knicks are searching for a backup power forward, they are also in a situation where they have to find someone that they can sign for the minimum salary, as that’s all the Knicks have to offer to any player.

April 24, 2012; Oklahoma City OK, USA; Sacramento Kings small forward Donte Greene (20) drives to the basket against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-US PRESSWIRE

That man could end up being free agent forward Donte Greene.

Greene says that the Knicks, Pacers, and Bulls now make up his “top three” list of potential destinations and the former Sacramento King told internet radio show that those three clubs are the ones that he is working to get a deal done with.

A little over two weeks ago, Greene said that he hoped to sign with Chicago, but the two sides have yet to hammer out an agreement.  The 6’11” forward became an unrestricted free agent on June 27th when the Kings declined to extend him a qualifying offer.

The 24 year old averaged 5.4 PPG and 2.5 RPG in just under 15 minutes per contest last season.

Greene has the length to be very good defensively, but is a subpar rebounder and lacks strength. In addition, he loves to hoist up three-point shots. He’s 6’11” and not a good shooter, but has taken 2.1 shots per game throughout his career from behind the arc, compared to only 3.6 attempts from inside it. He shot only 23.8 percent from three-point range last season, but still loves firing the long ball.

He has the skill set to run the floor, slash to the rim and commit to defending, but through four NBA seasons, Greene has shown no interest in doing so. He’s shot above 70 percent at the rim, so he needs to change his game a ton to really be a good fit with the Knicks. They need a defender and someone who can score at the rim, not someone with the tendency to chuck up awful shots. They already have enough players like that.

Greene played one season at Syracuse in 2007-08 and averaged 17.7 points and 7.2 rebounds for the Orange.

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