May 18, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler (6) and power forward Kenyon Martin (3) react in the final minute of the game against the Indiana Pacers in game six of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers won 106-99. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks Rumors: What the Knicks should do with final contract

As the free agency period has all but slowed to a crawl, the New York Knicks are coming off a very productive week in which they signed both Jeremy Tyler and Beno Udrih to contracts.

But there is still work to be done for Knicks’ general manager Glen Grunwald as he has one contract left to hand out.

May 11, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler (6) argues a referees call in game three of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats New York 82-71. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

While we have heard rumor after rumor about which players the Knicks are still looking at, the Knicks still have one hole to fill, which should make Grunwald’s decision very easy on what he should do with the Knicks 15th contract.

The Knicks seemed to have improved a little at every position, except a true backup center to spell Tyson Chandler.

Sure Knicks’ head coach can use the likes of Kenyon Martin and Amar’e Stoudemire at the 5, but having a legitimate center and not a power forward playing out of position is a big deal for this Knicks team.

Chandler is 31 years old now and while that doesn’t seem like he is aging, he is entering his 13th season in the league and has accumulated a lot of wear and tear on his body. In addition, Chandler is asked to do too much for this Knicks team and his body broke down by the time the playoffs came around last season. Being able to spell Chandler a little more often this season would be a luxury for Woodson.

Having another guy that can rebound and make up for his teammates breakdowns defensively (and there are a lot of them) is something this Knicks team could benefit from having.

There’s only one problem with that theory- the available centers on the market is a very ugly list.

We are talking about names such as Cole Aldrich, Earl Barron, Jason Collins, Hamed Haddadi, Jared Jeffries, Jerome Jordan and Shavlik Randolph.

Those guys won’t exactly help matters much having to spell Chandler at times during the season.

Neither will adding another power forward.

With the Knicks going small a lot and Carmelo Anthony logging most of the minutes at the 4, it will be a struggle to get Amar’e Stoudemire, Martin and Andrea Bargnani enough minutes.

The ideal situation calls for the Knicks to add another true center that can step up in a pinch if Chandler is injured or just to be available to cut Chandler’s minutes by a couple per game.

But which of these guys should the Knicks target?

Personally I feel the plans should be to target none of them and head into training camp with 14 players under contract. They then can bring in some non-guaranteed guys for training camp so they have enough bodies.

From there the plan should be to watch the waiver wire. Other teams will certainly be dropping some talented players that are squeezed out by the numbers. The Knicks may just be able to scoop up someone that could offer a little more promise than the current crop of available centers.

The worst case scenario is that they turn to a guy like Aldrich, Barron or Jordan after camp ends.

The bottom line is that the Knicks really need to think about adding a backup center, however there’s no need to rush.

If they stick to their plan, they should be able to find someone useful by the time the regular season tips off.

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  • Sam

    Just don’t sign Hamed Haddadi, he’s too good for Knicks! Let a western team sign him, thank you.

    • victor briggs

      that was dumb

      • Sam

        So are you, but let me expand on that so you understand. The last time they published the rumor of Haddadi and Knicks the response of just about every Knicks fan was negative with usual New-York rude comments. And from my experience watching him and the fans in Memphis (who acted terrible at first but liked him years later) I know that I personally wouldn’t want him to go through another teamfan-attack in NY. It’ll be a much softer environment for him in the west and many already know and like him here.

  • Eddie Antonio Maldonado

    Bring back Jorts. Josh Harrellson is the big body of hustle we need and he can shoot from 3 too. NY shouldn’t of traded him in the first place. That’s my hopeful #1 choice. If not Harrellson, then Aldrich or that Lithuanian guy Galdikas could suffice. Just don’t sign Haddadi, Petro, or Collins. I like Ivan Johnson but he’s a true 4. I don’t want NY to sign a true 4 like Johnson or others like Amundson, Gooden, etc. because NY have plenty of 4′s.

    • Matt Shetler

      Interesting thought on Jorts. I’d take him. He’s a guy who could probably make more money overseas but I’m sure he’s not drawing much interest around the NBA and could be signed very easily

  • Joseph Jefferson

    I totally disagree on your assessment of the big men on your list, possibly with the exception of Jared (Squid Head) Jefferies and Jerome Jordan. The most obvious pick as I’ve been saying the past few months is Earl Barron. Every time Barron dons a Knicks uniform, something positive happens. He, undoubtedly should be the last pick and the third option behind Amare at the 5. His height and weight might match make for a good matchup against Roy Hibbert, for short bursts of time.

    • Matt Shetler

      No problem with Barron. Terrible offensive player, but they don’t need him to score double digits. They need him to defend and rebound and he can get after it on the glass.

      But the others I’m not so excited about. Aldrich and Randolph do nothing for me. Haddadi can’t get up and down the floor. But I would really have no issues at all with throwing that last contract at Barron

  • Da Bish

    Earl Barron can be useful, he could do exactly what you said we need: cut minutes for Chandler and even score and rebound and bring a size presence. I agree about needing a true center and not just another PF, so Barron should be that guy. I really wish we could turn to Drew Gooden, i like him alot, he would be an actual decent pickup and not just some desperate signing out of need for size. But at 6’10, he might just be a little too small. and has no experience at center, hes used to playing PF with guys like Dalembert or Bogut next to him playing center. He has never been the main big guy on the floor for his team