Knicks Rumors: 3 guards linked to New York for next season

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Knicks free agent target: Joe Harris

If there is one obvious glaring need on the Knicks roster, it is shooting. The team finished their shortened 2019-20 campaign ranked 27th in three-point percentage and dead last (30th) in three-point makes. In other words, they didn’t shoot many threes, and when they did, they didn’t make a lot.

A free agent who would inject much needed perimeter shooting into the lineup is Nets guard/forward Joe Harris. While Harris plays a majority of his minutes on the wing, for the Knicks, he could be an excellent option at shooting guard as a complement to RJ Barrett.

Harris is one season removed from leading the NBA in three-point shooting with a 47.4% rate on 5.1 attempts per game. He is shooting 41.2% this season. He is a career 42.3% shooter. Rose would be adding both volume and efficiency in the three-point category by adding Harris.

Ian Begley of SNY recently reported New York had interest in Harris at the trade deadline this season. If Kenny Atkinson ends up getting the job as head coach, it’s reasonable to believe the Knicks would pursue Harris in free agency. He could become a key addition, especially if the team adds another non-shooter in LaMelo Ball from the draft.