For those that like to play general manager, this is the best time of year for the NBA fan with new rumors popping up quicker than Dwight Howard changes his mind on what he wants to do with his future.
That’s especially true with the New York Knicks, who despite having very little money to spend in the offseason, have already been linked to the likes of Steve Nash, Marcus Camby, Raymond Felton, Brandon Bass, Rashar Lewis and now Grant Hill in the first two days of the offseason.
Hill is a guy I would like to look at. A veteran presence on a team that for the most part in 2012 was dysfunctional could be a blessing.
ESPN’s Ric Bucher reports that the Hill, who will be 40 in October is still interested in playing in the NBA and lists the Lakers, Knicks, Raptors and suns are among the teams on his wish list.
Hill averaged 10.2 points per game in 2012, starting 46-of-49 games.
While Hill’s leadership would be nice on any roster, the Knicks need to pass on him.
With limited funds to spend, there are more pressing needs on this club than a 40-year old who has seen his numbers decline over the years, plus has been an injury risk throughout his career. Hill missed 17 games last season and it’s simply just too big of a risk to take for the Knicks.
General manager Glen Grunwald has to be smart on who he spends his money on and even thinking about Hill is a roll of the dice.
There are signings that turn out to be low-risk, high-reward moves and then there are the high-risk, low-reward type of moves. Hill would be taking a huge risk, even for the league minimum.
The Knicks can get that type of production somewhere else.
I have always been a fan of Hill’s and there was a time I had wanted to see him in a Knicks uniform. But that ship has sailed and Hill shouldn’t be an option for the Knicks at this point in his career.
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