April 12, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Elton brand (42) during the game against the Denver Nuggets at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks Rumors: What should the Knicks do with remaining MLE?


Even though the New York Knicks have made a few moves this offseason, there are still a lot of holes to fill and not much money to fill them with.

After giving point guard Pablo Prigioni some of their $3 million mid-level exception, the Knicks final major offseason move will have to come by signing someone for the remaining portion of that, which amounts to approximately $1.75 million.

Apr 6, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Toronto Raptors guard Sebastian Telfair (13) during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Milwaukee won 100-83. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Now while it is impossible to land a major piece for that amount of money, the Knicks may be able to land a decent rotation player. After that all moves will have to be for the veteran’s minimum.

So with that being said, how should the Knicks spend the rest of their MLE?

The consensus is that the Knicks still need three things- a backup point guard, frontcourt depth and another shooter on the wing.

The point guard market got really thin, really quick.

It looks like the Knicks have interest in Earl Watson, Will Bynum, Aaron Brooks, and Devin Harris, but they could also turn their eyes to Sebastian Telfair, who reportedly wants to play in New York.

The rest of their MLE may not be enough to land a guard like Bynum or Brooks, but if they are seriously considering Telfair then it may make sense to spend their MLE somewhere else.

That brings me to the front court where the name Elton Brand has been thrown around quite often this week.

Adding a player such as Brand, who is still productive, could be priority No. 1, especially considering the fact that the Knicks frontcourt broke down last season. There’s also Kenyon Martin who should still be an option.

But the question that has to be asked here is can the Knicks land either player for $1.75 million this season?

Finally the Knicks need to add a shooter and solid defender on the perimeter.

ESPN’s Jared Zwerling had reported earlier that the Knicks were considering using the rest of their MLE on that type of player and brought up names such as:  Francisco Garcia, Carlos Delfino, and Dahntay Jones.

So what should the Knicks do?

My personal feeling is that if Brand would accept their MLE then it is a no-brainer.

He not only adds production, but would settle for a role coming off the bench. He also provides quality insurance in case there are injuries, especially to Amar’e Stoudemire.

So Knicks’ fans, where would you spend the rest of the money?

Comment below who you would give the rest of the Knicks MLE to.

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  • Jim Dowd

    I’d go with Brand, and round out the team with veteran min contracts

  • J Bernard

    Well, Earl Watson and Devon Harris are no longer FA… Francisco Garcia is off the market also… Hopefully Delfino and Will Bynum would come on… Or maybe one of our D-League players can make the leap… Toure Murry hopefully and Tony Mitchell

  • calledit78

    I hope Brand signs with the knicks

  • Guest

    Telfair us underrated. He is a relentless defender and a good shooter by NBA standards. He played on some very poor Suns teams. Snap him up.

  • Chris

    elton brand and kenyon martin BOTH would bring the toughness the knicks need.

  • B-NICE

    jj hickson would have been nice plus he’s young. not enough money left for though. nuggets picked him up

  • B-NICE

    still like the Brand move though true pro!