The New York Knicks only need one more player to round out its 15-man roster for the 2016-17 season. At this stage in free agency, the team can still pick up a decent rotational player who can provide quality minutes off the bench.
Majority of high-value free agents have already re-signed with their current teams. Others did the unthinkable and joined new teams. The ones left in the market now are aging veterans and specialty players, just the kind of personnel a super team like the Knicks need.
Maxwell Ogden of Daily Knicks noted that Lance Stephenson, Norris Cole, Jason Terry and Mario Chalmers are still very much available. Of course, each player has his pros and cons, which Phil Jackson might want to consider before making phone calls.
As a member of the Indiana Pacers, Stephenson was on his way to becoming the next best shooting guard in the NBA. He is a capable playmaker and scorer, who averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists in the 2013-2014 season, which was his best year with the Pacers.
Two seasons and three teams later, Stephenson is no longer the young, promising player he once was in Indiana. On the bright side, the Knicks can acquire his services for the veteran’s minimum. On the down side, his unsteady game and off court antics might pose a threat to the team’s chemistry.
Cole is Miami Heat alum who won back to back championships in his first two seasons in the league. It is safe to say the Heat won the titles in spite of him rather than because of him. That said, he did have breakout performances along the way.
The 6-foot-2 point guard would be a welcome addition to the Knicks’ impressive back court currently composed of Derrick Rose, Brandon Jennings and Courtney Lee. Cole also provides stability and post-season experience off the bench.
Chalmers is another former Heat player who is eager to break away from the ghost of LeBron James, Dywane Wade and Chris Bosh. Last season, he tallied 10.3 points, 3.8 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game, ESPN noted.
He was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies midway through the season. His numbers significantly improved in Memphis, but a ruptured Achilles in March ended his season prematurely. Since he was on the last year of his contract, the Grizzlies elected to waive him to free up another roster spot heading into this offseason.
Nicknamed “The Jet,” the 17-year veteran has enough gas left in his tank to be of good use to a star-laden squad. Terry is a constant threat from the three-point line, which can free up driving lane for Derrick Rose or Carmelo Anthony in the post. Terry will be paid the veteran’s minimum, which would be a steal deal for the Knicks. They would get an on court contributor as well as an old-timer’s voice in the locker room.
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