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Knicks Reportedly Interested in Backcourt Help

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Coming off a disastrous 2014-15 campaign, the New York Knicks have gotten off to a respectable 12-14 start in 2015-16. There’s always room for improvement, though, and ESPN’s Ian Begley reports that the Knicks have expressed some interest in acquiring help in the backcourt.

Begley notes that New York is last in the league in both fast-break points and points off drives to the basket, which is thanks in part to a lack of slashing guards who push the pace and get to the bucket. Starting guards Jose Calderon and Arron Afflalo are jump shooters, as are bench players Langston Galloway and Sasha Vujacic. Jerian Grant could theoretically help in this area, but the rookie has struggled of late and is currently barely getting minutes.

Some possible trade targets mentioned include Brandon Jennings, Kevin Martin and Jamal Crawford, but the Knicks don’t have much in terms of trade assets they’d actually want to deal, and all those players have their own issues. Jennings is coming off an Achilles injury, Martin would hurt cap flexibility in the summer and Crawford is on the decline.

So as of right now, don’t expect a splashy move by Phil Jackson, although perhaps things change as the market develops over the next two months. And who knows, maybe Jimmer Fredette gets brought up from the D-League and fixes this problem?!

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