The Knicks have apparently expressed interest in signing shooting guard Ronnie Brewer.
ESPN’s Jared is reporting the Knicks would look to complete a deal via sign and trade with the Bulls, using the partially guaranteed contract of Dan Gadzuric. Brewer would likely want more than the veteran’s minimum, so a sign and trade would be necessary.
Brewer is not known for his offense, and his jump shot is not the prettiest thing to look at, but his on ball defense is a major strength. With Iman Shumpert out until at least January, perimeter defense is something the Knicks are lacking.
The Knicks are currently contemplating matching the offer sheet the Toronto Raptors gave Landry Fields, a 3 year, nearly $20 million deal. While this would be extremely overpaying for Fields, with it not affecting the salary cap situation of the Knicks, they are actually contemplating it.
If the Knicks can work out a sign and trade deal for Brewer, it would be a much better fit than Fields would be. The only benefit to matching any “poison pill” offer sheet to Fields would be to have the large salary to use at a later date. Let’s say, when a certain wedding toasting point guard, who may have turned down a huge extension in another city. But that is a story for another Knicks July.
New York has a plethora of options at the shooting guard position that will be left scrambling after all the major pieces have signed elsewhere. As mentioned before, some will include Michael Redd, Carlos Delfino, Tracy McGrady, Delonte West or Marquis Daniels.
They will have the veteran’s minimum and the contract of Gadzuric to work with. They are likely to invest one or both in a shooting guard and possibly another front court player.
Luis Scola is being talked about as an Amnesty candidate in order to clear cap room for the Rockets to target Dwight Howard. Scola will likely not be an option, but they should look to add him at just about any realistic cost.
The roster is taking shape, but there are still small moves to be made before it is finalized.