It has been no secret that the New York Knicks are in the market for another wing player who can defend and shoot the three.
Could they have found that guy in Raja Bell?
Bell worked out for the Knicks on Monday and stood out to the point where he could receive consideration for a roster spot, a league source told Shams Charania of RealGM. Bell, who sat out all of last year, shot well and outplayed New York’s incoming rookies in one-on-one drills.
After losing Chris Copeland to free agency and trading Steve Novak, the Knicks need to add depth on the wing and you can see why Bell intrigues the Knicks.
First of all he is a veteran.
At 36, most teams would be slightly turned off by his age but not the Knicks and head coach Mike Woodson, who prefers elder statesmen to athletic young players.
But all kidding aside Bell could help this Knicks team.
He can shoot the ball decently from the perimeter which is a plus, but his biggest asset is his defensive versatility, which is something Woodson needs on this team as the Knicks severely underperformed from a defensive aspect a season ago.
In addition Bell has always been known as a hard worker and a positive locker room presence, which are two more appealing qualities.
The third positive has to deal with money.
After sitting out last season after a dispute with the Utah Jazz, you would think that Bell could come cheap, as he needs a job right now. It is entirely possible that he could be signed for the veteran’s minimum or in the worst case scenario the remaining $1.75 million of the Knicks mini mid-level exception.
Bell averaged 6.4 points and shot 39.1 percent from three-point range two seasons ago and sports career averages of nearly 10 points and almost 41 percent shooting from long-range.
He’s not a guy who you would have initially thought that the Knicks would have interest in, but at this point of the offseason the pickings are slim and Bell could be the most attractive and affordable option remaining.
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