It is no secret that the New York Knicks have one huge issue right now, and that is the lack of depth the team has been left with after tying up the remainder of their available cap space in Tyson Chandler.
At this moment in time, the Knicks have about $2.5 million worth of exceptions with which to pursue free agents. The initial hope was that this was enough to convince a more notable free agent—like Jamaal Crawford—to take a pay cut in order to have a shot to play for a contending team in the Knicks; However, Crawford turned down the offer and chose to sign with the Blazers today, leaving the Knicks to search elsewhere for some bench help.
Shawne Williams, another reported Knicks target has reached an agreement with the New Jersey Nets, knocking off another possible option on the wing. This leaves very few potential options for the Knick’s front office to explore. As such, it might be time for the Knicks to get desperate and seek out some unconventional moves.
By unconventional, I am of course, talking about Michael Redd and Troy Murphy. The aging veterans are both guys that have had a history of knee injuries and are not the most reliable players. At this point though, the Knicks are desperate and should explore all options. If they give these guys one year deals, what is the worst that could happen? Best case scenario, one or both of them, experience a one year renaissance and Grunwald looks like a genius; worst case scenario, they both struggle and they get waived with minimal fiscal repercussion.
In this same boat, we must also consider the merits of adding Baron Davis, should he clear waivers. Davis is injured, and will need a few weeks to recover, but could help the team given the opportunity, and the proper level of motivation.
Either way, the Knicks must get creative if they have any chance of still standing after 66 games and a few playoff rounds. If the Knicks stand pat, they simply will not have the depth to win this year, in the regular season, or playoffs.
Here is another name for you—one that seems unbelievable and will most definitely be highly protested—but a player that could help the Knicks, especially considering the up and down style that D’Antoni loves to employ. That Player is Allen Iverson.
If the Timberwolves can give Bonzi Wells a shot to make the team in training camp, than I think the Knicks can do the same for Allen Iverson.
The Knicks can use all the help they can get at either guard position; and if Iverson is in game shape, as he claims to be, then why not give him a shot and see what happens.
There is something to chew on, Knicks Fans.