New York Knicks are not interested in going after free agent point guard Ty Lawson, according to several sources close to the team.
The Knicks have been linked to the point guard for several months, especially since they are still searching for a quality facilitator at the 1 spot. It’s believed that New York would rather go after Mike Conley, who will hit free agency this summer.
According to New York Post, Lawson’s sour relationship with former Nuggets coach Brian Shaw is the primary factor for Knicks passing on him. Lawson, waived by the Rockets on Tuesday, reportedly warred with Shaw – a confidant of Phil Jacskon – during their days in Denver. Shaw is considered one of the primary candidates to take over the vacant head coaching job next season.
“Lawson is one of the Knicks’ free-agent possibilities this summer and it seemed like a good time to give him an audition, but he may want to go to a playoff club,” wrote Knicks reporter Marc Berman.
Jimmer Fredette experiment fails…
With the Knicks expected to end the Jimmer Fredette experiment soon, a roster spot will open up, which could go to point guard Ray McCallum, who was waived Monday by the San Antonio Spurs. In all likelihood, McCallum, too will join the Knicks on a 10-day contract.
Fredette, who played the final three minutes during Tuesday’s defeat to Portland Trailblazers, made four of his five free throws amidst chants of “Jimmer” at Madison Square Garden. Despite Fredette’s popularity among New York fans, the swingman is unlikely to get another 10-day contract.
“I have no idea (if I’ll be re-signed). You never know what’s going to happen next. I worry about things I can worry about. I’ll live day by day,’’ Fredette said after the game.
Knicks have also been linked to former Sixers guard Tony Wroten. After releasing Fredette, it’d be interesting to see who they audition next.