Despite having no room under the salary cap, the New York Knicks have been one of the more active teams this offseason. They made their first big splash when they traded for Andre Bargnani from the Toronto Raptors. They also signed recently amnestied Metta World Peace and brought back free agents J.R. Smith and Kenyon Martin.
Even with so few players still available, the Knicks don’t appear to be done making moves. The team is looking at several options to add to the roster before the end of the summer.
Beno Udrih is the Knicks top choice. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the organization is attempting to convince the point guard to accept the veteran’s minimum. The 31-year old has spent nine years in the league with four teams. With the Orlando Magic and Milwaukee Bucks in 2012-2013, he averaged 8.2 points, 4.6 assists and 2.1 rebounds per game.
Udrih is a valuable backup point guard and might be able to command more than a minimum salary elsewhere. Signing with New York would force him to take an over $6 million pay cut. However, he could choose to join the Knicks after having little team success since he left the San Antonio Spurs in 2007.
If Udrih is unwilling to come to the Big Apple, the Knicks will look for lesser options to fill the void that was left when Jason Kidd retired. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports that New York has had discussions with Chris Duhon about rejoining the team. The veteran didn’t have much success in his one season with the Los Angeles Lakers, averaging just 2.9 points per game and battling to find playing time with Steve Nash injured. From 2008-2010, Duhon was the Knicks starting point guard, averaging 7.2 and 5.6 assists in back-to-back seasons.
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The Knicks final option for a backup point guard might be Lester Hudson. The 29-year-old played in China last season and only got into 52 games in his NBA career. Hudson began his quest to rejoin the NBA when he played for the Lakers in the summer league. He was one of the best players for Los Angeles, averaging 12.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.6 steals per game.
To potentially add depth to their frontcourt, the Knicks have worked out both Sean May and D.J. White. May followed up a star-studded career at North Carolina with an uneventful one in the pros that seemingly ended in 2010. He never averaged more than 6.7 rebounds per game in his four seasons, and was scoring less than four points per games in the final two years of his career. A 6’9 power forward, White has played in the league since 2008. However, he made his way into just 12 games with the Boston Celtics last year.
Along with Bargnani and World Peace, the Knicks also added Tim Hardaway Jr. in the 2013 NBA Draft. They’ll begin the 2013-2014 season against the Milwaukee Bucks on Oct.30.