Yesterday I took a look at how veteran forward Kenyon Martin would fill a big need for the 2012-13 New York Knicks roster as a backup power forward that can play behind Amar’e Stoudemire and come in and offer value as a defender and rebounder.
The only problem with that theory as I mentioned is that Martin is very unlikely to play for the veteran’s minimum, which is all the Knicks can offer.
That leaves the Knicks in a bind as they could possibly wait until closer to training camp and see if Martin’s salary demands come down, or the club could elect to sign someone sooner, while there are still a couple useful bodies on the market.
So if the Knicks elect to pass on waiting for Martin, here’s a look at potential candidates they could turn to.
Chris Anderson: According to ESPN’s Jared Zwerling, a source close to Anderson said “The Birdman,” is willing to play for the veteran’s minimum. He is a guy that could be useful to the Knicks as he can score inside, rebound and block shots, posting career averages of 5.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. Of course with Anderson you get the baggage and antics as well, but he’s a guy that can provide exactly what the Knicks need of the bench.
D.J. White: I have always like White as a player and would be a solid bench addition, posting career averages of 6.3 points and 3.8 rebounds throughout his four-year career. He’s probably going to be looking to sign for the min-mid level exception though, so he could be out of the Knicks price range.
Andray Blatche: Blatche could be open to signing somewhere for the veteran’s minimum since he’s still getting paid from the Wizards, however he could be looking for a team where he could play a bigger role, looking to cash in on a contract the following season. That’s actually fine with me. There’s no doubting Blatche’s talent, averaging 9.9 points and 5.4 rebounds. He even broke out two years ago, putting up a 16.8 and 8.2 season, but he has a reputation for being lazy and not being a great team guy. Those are the last qualities the Knicks need in their locker room right now.
Louis Amundson: Amundson could be looking to earn a little more than the veteran’s minimum as well and that’s also fine with me, however he is someone who could be on the Knicks radar. I’m not a real big fan of Amundson though. While I do like the fact that he brings energy and is a big man who can block shots and crash boards, he’s a lousy free-throw shooter and has no range from the floor.
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