The New York Knicks are still in search of the final piece of their 2012-13 roster- a backup power forward for Amar’e Stoudemire.
Over the course of the past month, several names have been linked to them, ranging from Kenyon Martin to Sean Wiliams and practically everyone in between.
One problem is that the Knicks can’t offer more than the league minimum to anyone, which ultimately takes them out of the running for most available free agents remaining. An attractive option that remains is former Washington Wizards forward Andray Blatche, who after being amnestied by the Wizards could be had cheap.
However Blatche is an option that Knicks’ general manager Glen Grunwald shouldn’t even consider.
It would be nice to have an option behind Stoudemire that can score effectively incase this is another season in which STAT is forced to miss a lot of time again due to injury. Blatche is a guy who has talent and averaged 16.8 points per game during the 2011 campaign. But that’s where the interest with Blatche both begins and ends.
The bottom line is that Blatche hasn’t shown the commitment to becoming a legitimate NBA player and the distractions he is likely to provide aren’t worth the risk. In a locker room filled with veterans who treat the game business like, there’s no room for a guy that has proved to be nothing more than a knucklehead the past couple of seasons.
Blatche would be a low-risk, high-reward type of move that could pay off if there were injuries. He also would be a guy that could easily be cut if he proves to be a distraction, but it’s just not worth the roll of the dice for this team.
He’s a player with a very low basketball IQ and even though he’s working out with former NBA coach John Lucas right now, you just don’t know how a guy like Blatche will react to not having guaranteed minutes. It makes more sense for Grunwald to target a player who will accept his role as a rebounder and defender than it does to roll the dice on a potential problem such as Blatche.
There will be enough of a circus around this Knicks team when the season begins.
They don’t need to add a potential circus internally.
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