All eyes around the New York Knicks are focused on whether or not Carmelo Anthony will ultimately return to the Big Apple.
But whether he does or not, the Knicks have some other holes to fill on their roster as well and not a lot of money to fill them with.
With that in mind it has been a really slow offseason in terms of players being linked to the Knicks, although from time to time we have seen the Knicks show interest in a few role players.
The latest appears to be Dahntay Jones.
According to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders, Jones has received from interest from the Knicks and also has already met with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Dahntay Jones is currently meeting with the L.A. Clippers, according to sources. The New York Knicks have also expressed interest in Jones.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 9, 2014
Any interest in Jones will likely be for the veterans’ minimum as I couldn’t see the Knicks using any portion of their MLE on the former Duke product.
Jones, an 11-year veteran, would add a little bit of value as a defender, but brings very little else to the table.
Last season, in 78 games split between Dallas and Atlanta, Jones averaged only 3.4 points and 1.0 rebounds per game, granted he played only an average of 13 minutes per night.
What really sticks out is how miserable a season Jones had shooting the ball as he shot only .369 from the floor, a miserable .224 from behind the arc and only .777 from the charity stripe.
Jones is typically a more efficient player, making 44 percent of his field goal attempts throughout his career. And while he has never been a great three-point shooter (33.4 percent in his career), something you would like to see in the Triangle Offense, he really struggled last season.
Ultimately Jones could be a guy that new coach Derek Fisher may want on the floor in late-game situations as he is not a bad defender, but I couldn’t envision a larger role than that.
That being said, I have a hard time seeing the Knicks really making it a point to actively pursue him.