Although failing to match Jeremy Lin’s offer sheet from the Houston Rockets was a huge blow to Knicks’ fans, the New York brass have made strategic moves that have put the Knicks prime position for a successful next season. Now the Knicks need to add depth at their shooting guard slot with Iman Shumpert most likely out till January and J.R. Smith–who can no doubt start on this team–more suited to come off the bench for the Knicks. With that in mind, the Knicks have shown interest in pursuing Maurice Evans and Sonny Weems to fill this void.
According to Evans and Weems agent, Roger Montgomery, says the Knicks are interested in his clients:
“I think both of them would fit really good in that situation,” Montgomery said. “Mo would fit for a number of reasons because what he does as a veteran, and he’s played for Woody. And I think Sonny would be an absolute steal if he was able to go play with them, just because of how athletic he is. I think that he could be a starter and he could be a rotation guy. I think he would be ideal.”
I agree with both of Montgomery’s assessments here. Evans played for the Wizards this past season and despite not being apart of the the regular rotation(only played 24 games) and not scoring much (averaged 4.9 points) can bring a ton to this Knicks’ team. The veteran shooting guard is a strong athlete that can score in the paint along with stretching the floor with his jump shot. Evans can bring veteran leadership to the Knicks with the veteran minimum but if the Knicks can somehow nab Weems it will be one of the steals of the summer.
After playing three seasons in the league, Weems played overseas for a Lithuanian team where he was the go to scorer on the team–embracing and excelling in the role. Known mostly as a “high flyer” in his short NBA stint, Weems has expanded his game overseas:
“He needed to be the guy to learn the game more, and he had a tremendous year,” Montgomery said. “He was one of the best players in Europe. He was really good. He got better. He can put the ball on the floor now. He can put him in some pick-and-rolls now. He shoots the three-ball better. He’s not just a dunker athlete like he was in Toronto.”
It seems that Weems would be able to match Shumpert’s production and then some. Defensively with his size (6’6) and athleticism should be able to be great defender as well. Weems would thrive in the starting lineup because he would multiple scoring opportunities with the attention that Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire command. The real question is can the Knicks convince Weems to take less money and come to New York when multiple teams will be pursuing his talents?