When you are winning and over the salary cap, it is awfully difficult to improve your team via trade as the NBA trade deadline rapidly approaches.
The New York Knicks haven’t been involved in many trade rumors, but they have been linked to Minnesota Timberwolves forward Lou Amundson.
ESPN 1500’s Darren Wolfson reported on Feb. 1 that both the Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers were interested in bringing in Amundson, who is likely on his way out of Minnesota in the not-so-distant future.
Amundson makes sense as the Knicks could use another big body with both Rasheed Wallace and Marcus Camby out with injury. The UNLV product is also someone that interests the Knicks as they had interest in him during the offseason.
However, there should be no chance the Knicks give up anything to acquire him. Once the ‘Wolves get healthy, Amundson could find himself out of a job, so it would make much more sense for the Knicks to sign him as a free agent, rather than give up something for him, though the price would be cheap, likely only a second round pick.
But the major problem is that the Knicks can’t make a move right now.
They have the maximum of 15 guaranteed contracts so they would have to release a player and eat the money before signing anyone.
The likely scenario is that the Knicks wait on Wallace and Camby, but the problem with waiting is that the team needs another frontcourt player with size right now.
Amundson isn’t a sexy pickup, but without trade assets, which the Knicks do not have, if they do add to the current roster, it will be a player like that.
He would be a guy that could come in and rebound and play defense, which is all the Knicks really need right now. In addition and maybe more importantly, Amundson would simply be an insurance policy in case of injury and the Knicks have had plenty of injuries.
He is a player with playoff experience, playing in all 60 of Indiana’s games last season, averaging 12.6 minutes per contest.
However while Amundson is a guy to keep an eye on, there is no real hurry to add to this roster and it would be doubtful if the Knicks make a serious push at bringing him in right now.
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