When a team is as bad as the 2015 Knicks, they’re going to need more than one big-time addition. Phil Jackson and company appear to be doing the smart thing, pursuing a handful of starting-caliber players to upgrade their roster:
Knicks are frontrunners for two free agents — Greg Monroe and Arron Afflalo, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Those are realistic targets.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 29, 2015
In his brief write-up, Woj states Greg Monroe is likely to get the max, which isn’t much of a surprise, and that Arron Afflalo might fetch a deal in the three-year, $36-38 million range, which is a bit of a shock. Afflalo is a career 38 percent shooter from three, but he’s about to turn 30 and his stats regressed back to normal after what might have been a career year in 2014 with Orlando.
Mark Berman of the New York Post adds that while Monroe would be interested in playing for his hometown Pelicans, his agent is likely to want him in New York, under what could be a short deal to take advantage of the impending salary cap jump.
In other Knicks news:
An under the radar free agent will be Dallas' Al-Faroqu Aminu. Sked to visit NYK, BOS, POR, TOR & NOP, w/Mavs still in mix.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) June 28, 2015
So, LaMarcus visit order again, starting Tue at 9 PDT: LAL, HOU, SA, PHO, DAL, TOR, NYK. (No need 2 meet with POR; they're already offered.)
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) June 30, 2015
Finally, Chris Broussard’s sources say the Knicks intend to woo Clippers center DeAndre Jordan with the lure of being the second option in their offense as well as an easier path to personal accolades, such as All-Star selections, due to the team’s residence in the inferior Eastern Conference. He also reports free agent wing Wesley Matthews could be in their summer plans, with Danny Green on the radar as well.
If nothing else, the Knicks will cast a wide net when free agency officially begins, and the fact that they get meetings with prized free agents suggests they’ll be able to add premium talent, whether this year or in the future.