The New York Knicks’ offseason plans are off to a great start after the players union’s victory on the NBA’s interpretation of a player’s Birds Rights this week. As a result, the Knicks don’t have to use any of their signing exceptions to retain Jeremy Lin or Steve Novak. Now the Knicks are free to scour the free agency market for an impact signing and here I layout underrated options the Knicks should go after starting July 1st.
Grant Hill: Restricted/Phoenix Suns
Although Hill (39) is up there in age, he has shown in the last couple of seasons he can play a lot younger than his age. Hill would be a nice fit for the Knicks as a veteran and great locker room presence. He has playoff experience and can bring a positive attitude and culture to this team that will help in the future success of this team.
On the basketball court, Hill is a very versatile player capable of doing just about anything on the court effectively. On top of this, the last couple of years he has become an elite defender and will be able to come in and wear down the team’s best scorer when his number is called.
Kenyon Martin: Unrestricted/Los Angeles Clippers
If Martin came to the Knicks he would provide a great defensive prowess and toughness. Martin role on this team would be a defensive “enforcer” coming in to anchor the Knicks defense with his athleticism–although not the same as it was prior his knee injury–and while block and alter shots. Indeed his free-throw percentage and shooting range are suspect, but he can come off the bench to provide energy, hustle and aggressive rebounding for the Knicks.
Courtney Lee: Restricted/ Houston Rockets
Despite being on three teams in four teams, Lee can start in this league–evident by his rookie season on the Orlando Magic in 2009. Lee can shoot the long ball extremely well–career 39 percent shooter–and still hasn’t reached his potential offensively. Defensively he uses his length to be a effective defender and he’s battled tested–going to the NBA Finals in 2009.
Randy Foye: Unrestricted/Los Angeles Clippers
The combo guard can flat out score. He would fit nicely replacing J.R. Smith (if he doesn’t return) off the bench and providing much needed firepower. Indeed Foye could work on his playmaking skills at the point guard position, but his versatility to play both position while stretching the floor will provide space and make the second unit’s offense more efficient.