According to a new report, the New York Knicks and free agent point guard Tony Wroten had a recent meeting last weekend.
The Philadelphia 76ers released Wroten on Christmas Eve, just eight games into his return from a torn ACL which ended his 2014-15 campaign. Since then, Wroten has sat in free agency with no teams yet to bite.
The Knicks had some interest around New Years Eve but it went nowhere. With a necessity to upgrade their point guard position, and Jimmer Fredette’s 10-day contract coming to an end, the team revisited the Wroten option.
Following according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.
"The Knicks recently met with free agent guard Tony Wroten, who could replace Jimmer Fredette if the club elects not to sign Fredette to a second 10-day contract, the Daily News has learned.The Knicks interviewed Wroten last (weekend) in New York."
Wroten coming to the Knicks could mean some good things or have pretty tragic results. Much like what the Knicks have been getting from the point guard position all season long.
Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant have been anything but solid with the Knicks this season, often lacking the scoring punch needed to compete with the current standard of NBA point guards, and getting abused defensively by just about every team.
If the Knicks, under Phil Jackson disciple Kurt Rambis, want to execute a somewhat effective triangle offense, Wroten could be a help with his scoring ability. His lack of shooting and questionable defense could be a detriment, though.
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The 6-foot-6 guard was originally selected 25th overall by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2012 NBA draft coming out of Washington University, a college with a history of producing solid NBA guards. Most notably, former Huskies guards include Brandon Roy, Nate Robinson, Justin Holiday, Terrence Ross and 2016 NBA All-Star Isaiah Thomas.
Last season, he scored a career-high 31 points in a loss to the Chicago Bulls but his 2015-16 stint with the Sixers ended with him having more turnovers than made field goals.
Wroten has also showed some interest in joining the Knicks in the past so it could be a pairing that has been long overdue.
We shall see in the coming days if Wroten indeed replaces Fredette on the Knicks’ roster.