It’s no secret that the New York Knicks need to add some frontcourt depth and while Elton Brand seemed to be target No. 1 all along, the Knicks may be forced to move on to another big guy who could potentially help out on the glass and the defensive end of the floor.
According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, the Knicks have expressed interest in forward Tyrus Thomas, who was officially released via the amnesty clause by the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday.
Knicks have interest in Tyrus Thomas, who was officially released by the Bobcats today.
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) July 10, 2013
Being that the Knicks are already well over the salary cap, they won’t have a chance to place a claim on Thomas, but could negotiate a new deal with him if he clears amnesty waivers.
Of course as with any potential free agent, the lack of available spending money will hurt the Knicks chances, but it could be a different situation with Thomas. Being that the Bobcats are on the hook for the remainder of his salary, Thomas could be signed for a veteran’s minimum contract.
Thomas will likely clear waivers because for the most part his seven NBA seasons have not been very good.
At 6’9″ he is an athletic forward who can block some shots, but that’s really the extent of his value.
Defensively he is often out of position and more resembles Amar’e Stoudemire than Kenyon Martin.
When it comes to his offense, there isn’t much there to be excited about either.
Just a few years after averaging double figures, Thomas has become a liability offensively, posting marks of 5.6 ppg and 4.8 ppg in his last two seasons.
Thomas has the skill set to be a productive NBA player, but for some reason he hasn’t been able to put it together.
After falling out of favor with the woeful Bobcats, it is unlikely that Thomas would be able to impact a contending team like the Knicks at either end of the floor.
In his seven seasons in the NBA, Thomas holds career averages of 7.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.
If the Knicks are seriously considering Thomas, it would make much more sense to try and bring back Martin instead.
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