It is nearly a month into the 2015 NBA free agent season and several teams are still looking for “quality veteran big men.” The New York Knicks are believed to be one of the teams still keen on adding another interior player.
New York has upgraded its roster significantly this offseason with the additions of Robin Lopez and Arron Affalo along with rookies Kristaps Porzingis and Jerian Grant. However, the Knicks are a little lean upfront as Derrick Williams, Lou Admundson, Kyle O’Quinn, and Lopez are the only true power forwards/centers on the roster, though Carmelo Anthony can also play power forward. Team president Phil Jackson previously told reporters that he would like to find a veteran center to backup Lopez according to Inquisitr.
New York has a few roster spaces left but is up against the league’s hard salary cap. The Knicks do have a $2.8 million room exception.
New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and Washington Wizards continue to show interest in Kevin Seraphin, league sources tell Sheridan Hoops.— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) July 28, 2015
Knicks, Rockets and Mavericks remain interested in Lakers free agent forward Carlos Boozer, league sources tell Sheridan Hoops.— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) July 28, 2015
According to Fox Sports, the Knicks are currently focusing on Kevin Seraphin and Carlos Boozer.
Seraphin, who has made it clear that he wants to play significant minutes this year, backed up Marcin Gortat in Washington last season. The 6’10” 25-year old was the team’s best low-post scoring option according to the Washington Post, averaging 6.6 points and 3.6 rebounds in 15.6 minutes of action per game.
Seraphin is an immovable object in the low-post and possesses a solid hook shot. He made 70.1 percent of his shots from three-feet and in last season. Seraphin has improved his mid-range game, though he doesn’t have three-point range –0-for-3 in his career from beyond the arc — meaning a there is very little possibility that he becomes a stretch four.
Boozer, 33, is on the downward swing of his career. He has become solely a jump shooter and is a total liability on the defensive end. Boozer had his worst season of his career with the Los Angeles Lakers last year. The 6-foot-8 power forward averaged 11.8 points and a career-low 6.8 rebounds in 23.8 minutes of action. He mainly came off the bench for the Lakers.
Seraphin is likely the Knicks’ best option out of the two players, as he is younger and better defensively at this point. Either way, if the Knicks do sign either Boozer or Seraphin it will likely be for just one year.
The Knicks do have a few other options if neither Boozer nor Seraphin signs as JaVale McGee, Glen Davis, and Andray Blatche are also available.
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