Now that the New York Knicks have added their veteran point guard in Jason Kidd and all signs point to them matching Jeremy Lin’s offer sheet from the Houston Rockets, could the Knicks be targeting the 2-guard spot next in free agency?
With the Knicks likely not to match the offer sheet Landry Fields signed with the Toronto Raptors and Iman Shumpert likely out until January, the shooting guard position has gone from one of extraordinary depth to one without many options in place.
ESPNNewYork’s Jared Zwerling recently wrote that J.R. Smith’s brother Chris thinks that Smith will re-sign with the Knicks, who can offer him 120 percent of what he made last season, about $2.8 million. Even with Smith in the fold though, the Knicks need to add a 2-guard. Preferably one capable of starting so Smith can come off the bench all season.
That brings me to Randy Foye.
Al Iannazzone said via Twitter that Foye is an option and would be a good fit with the Knicks, which I agree.
I am hearing Randy Foye is a possibility for the Knicks. But they have other things they need to settle. Foye would be a good fit.
— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) July 6, 2012
To get Foye into the fold, either the Kidd signing or a potential Foye signing would have to be a sign-and-trade. The likes on Toney Douglas, Jerome Jordan and Josh Harrleson could be in play. If the Knicks could include Douglas’ $2.0 million in any sign-and-trade, it will be crucial to add another player that can help the 2013 team.
As for Foye, he’s a six-year vet who’s coming off a pretty solid year in which he averaged 11.0 points per game. He only shot 39.8 percent from the floor on the season, but did knock down 38.6 percent of his shots from behind the arc, which would have easily made him the second best perimeter shooter on the Knicks last season, behind Steve Novak (.472).
Smith shot only 34.7 percent from behind the arc and that was the second best total on the Knicks roster.
Another shooter is a must and considering what the Knicks have to spend, targeting Foye is something that makes sense.
The Knicks won’t have a real good 2-guard on the roster next season, but a three-headed monster of Shumpert, Smith and Foye could turn out to be a very effective trio.
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