There’s no question that the New York Knicks need to tweak and improve their roster if they want to be near on top the Eastern Conference next season.
With the Indiana Pacers emerging as a great team, the Chicago Bulls being at full strength, and the Miami Heat still having LeBron James on their team, the Knicks have some work to do.
They don’t have much room for general manager Glen Grunwald to work with, as they only have a mini mid-level exception along with the veteran’s minimum to offer.
With that being said, here are five under the radar free agents the Knicks should go after:
Stephen Jackson: I know what you’re thinking, not another old veteran. Jackson will be 35 next season and has bounced around the NBA his whole career. Jackson would come off the bench and give Carmelo Anthony rest when needed. He is a solid three-point shooter and adds toughness to a team that didn’t show much vs. Indiana. I think he would fit right in with the Knicks and would take the veteran’s minimum to play in New York. If Chris Copeland isn’t re-signed, there is a glaring need for a forward off the bench.
Mo Williams: With Jason Kidd heading over the coach the Nets and the uncertainty of Pablo Prigioni’s future, the only point guard on the Knicks roster is Raymond Felton. The Knicks now lack depth in one of the deepest positions in the league. If the Knicks can fit Williams in their cap, I think signing him is a no brainer. Either through free agency or the draft, Grunwald needs to pick up some point guards.
Nick Young: Young is a catch and shoot three-point shooter but also a versatile guard. If J.R. Smith isn’t brought back, the only shooting guard the Knicks have is Iman Shumpert. I think Shumpert and Young would complement each other well and give defenses different looks when either of them is on the court for coach Mike Woodson.
Chris Kaman: I’m not big on Kaman, but the Knicks frontcourt has been depleted. With Amar’e Stoudemire’s knees, Tyson Chandler’s playoff struggles and injuries, and Kenyon Martin’s uncertainty, bringing Kaman in would be ideal.
Earl Clark: At times, Clark was the second threat on the Lakers last year behind Kobe Bryant. Who knows what Clark’s value is but if Grunwald can squeeze him in, it’s good fit for the team. Clark can play either forward position or even slide down to center depending on the matchup. Clark would be cheap and a good value for a team tight on spending money.