Originally posted on Knicks Journal  |  Last updated 6/25/13
The NBA Draft is just days away, and with pre-draft workouts seemingly all but finished for the Knicks, the team has shifted gears towards free agent workouts over the past week or so.But that doesn't mean such workouts won't, nevertheless, impact who the Knicks draft this coming Thursday.Recently named Nets' coach Jason Kidd leads a small handful of players who are unlikely to return to the Knicks in the forthcoming season. With that in mind, New York has been arranging free agent workouts to explore some cheaper and/or younger options to help fill certain voids.The likes of former NBA guard Quincy Douby, one-time Knickerbocker Shawne Williams, and D-League guard/Sleepy Hollow native Tony Taylor have all been ushered in to the team's training facility in Westchester for a chance to strut their stuff for Knicks' brass.The Knicks' struck gold with a player like Chris Copeland last season, and have had moderate success in the past with regard to taking a chance on different players, perhaps a la Derrick Brown.One man's trash can be another man's treasure. Such a phrase could certainly hold true for the Knicks once again. There are plenty of intriguing and cheaper options via free agency, whether it be in the form of a pure young gun, someone with a few years experience overseas, or perhaps another player who just hasn't gotten the lucky break necessary to truly stick with an NBA squad.The Knicks' core talent for a potential rejuvenated run at NBA title next season is already in place. It's just a point of filling a few existent holes and finding replacements for a couple of key players as they put the finishing touches on the squad once again. The likes of J.R. Smith, Chris Copeland, and Pablo Prigioni highlight New York's group of free agents, but hopefully they'll be back.But as mentioned, Kidd highlights a secondary group of guys (such as Kenyon Martin, Quentin Richardson, Earl Barron, and James White) who are perhaps a bit less likely to return.Never afraid to take a risk on a promising yet lesser explored free agent, the Knicks are considering all of their different options sooner rather than later. By figuring out which potential obtainable free agents may be able to step in and fill existent voids, New York will be able to better figure out who to target in Thursday's NBA Draft.If the likes of Douby, Williams, and Taylor all impress, perhaps the Knicks will be smarter to target a big man in the draft, because they know what kind of options were also available in free agency. If none of those players happened to step up this past week, then the Knicks now know the talent-level for a point guard and/or swingman is relatively thin, and should opt to draft one instead.Time will tell, but such a decision will come in just a matter of days.
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