Amid their search for a young big man who could provide interior scoring rebounding and defense the Knicks are having discussions with free agent Ivan Johnson a player source told ESPNNewYork.com.
The 29-year-old Johnson who became an NBA player in 2011 and has played for the Hawks was initially campaigning for a mini mid-level contract. But with remaining attractive free agents like DeJuan Blair and Antawn Jamison in the veteran's minimum financial ballpark -- Blair signed with the Mavericks for that amount -- the free-agent market is quickly changing.
"I think the mini mid-level will be tough to get at this time" the source said.
So it's likely that the 6-8 255-pound Johnson will be financially accessible to the Knicks. The question is: could it mutually work out?
The source said "I think it would be a great fit for Ivan to get big minutes [in New York] and further prove he can play in this league."
Johnson is known for his high motor finishing ability and being a tenaci...