New York Knicks Rumors: Martin, Amundson Being Considered To Play Behind Stoudemire?
At 34 years old, Martin (R) could still be useful to the Knicks or any other team that ends up signing him. (Photo: Facebook / LAClippers)
Despite having a full roster as they head into training camp, the New York Knicks continue to evaluate adding another power forward that can back up the likes of Amar'e Stoudemire and Kurt Thomas, according to Alan Hahn of the MSG Network.
One player on the radar has been unrestricted free agent Kenyon Martin, who averaged 5.2 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in 42 games off the bench for the Los Angeles Clippers last season. While the Knicks would most likely love to have Martin and the toughness he would bring to the team, they don't have enough cap space to sign anyone, let alone Martin, beyond the veteran's minimum, which Martin is reported to be steadfastly refusing.
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If Martin can't accept signing with the Knicks for the minimum, then the Boston Celtics, who are also considering him, might be the next best option. Martin would be able to offer the same toughness, underrated mid-range game and veteran leadership behind Brandon Bass and first-round draft pick Jared Sullinger.
A younger option that the Knicks are evaluating is unrestricted free agent Lou Amundson, who is also contemplating offers overseas to play basketball. Amundson would probably sign a one-year deal given that he has played for five teams in six years while averaging only four points and four rebounds per game. Then, if he does well backing up Stoudemire, he can reach a better deal next summer.
Hahn also says that unrestricted free agent Chris "Birdman" Andersen has thought of playing for the Knicks, but the "sentiment isn't mutual." Unrestricted free agent Tracy McGrady worked out for the Knicks last week, but the sentiment is the same as with Andersen - not much interest.
Other names the Knicks may be considering are Shawne Williams, who enjoyed a bit of success two seasons ago as a three-point shooter under Mike D'Antoni, and Jordan Williams, a former second-round pick of the Nets whom the Atlanta Hawks recently released.