What to do with veteran's minimums?

July, 18, 2012
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That's all the Knicks have left to spend in free agency in order to fill out the rest of their roster.

So far, they have 13 players, including point guards Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd and Pablo Prigioni, shooting guards J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert, small forwards Carmelo Anthony and James White, power forwards Amare Stoudemire, Steve Novak and Chris Copeland, and centers Tyson Chandler, Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas.

By that account, because Shumpert is out until likely January, the Knicks are the weakest at shooting guard on the depth chart. They could use someone who can score and defend, especially the latter because that's Shump's best asset.

Here are several candidates who could fill the two position off the bench at about $1.4 million next season: Ronnie Brewer, Maurice Evans and Jodie Meeks (who have been confirmed as being on the Knicks' radar), Mickael Pietrus (who wants to return to the Celtics, but they seem lukewarm to the idea), Sonny Weems (the Raptors recently withdrew their qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent), Marco Belinelli (but he plays inconsistent defense) and Carlos Delfino (who could be the best option).

While most of these players are looking for at least the bi-annual (about $2 million) or mini mid-level exception (about $3 million) next season, "the New York situation is very attractive," as one agent put it. That's because playing time with the Knicks, an Eastern Conference contender, at the world's most famous arena, is available.

Which shooting guard would you prefer? Leave us your comments below.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
27.4 3.1 1.2 38.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsT. Chandler 9.6
AssistsR. Felton 5.6
StealsI. Shumpert 1.2
BlocksA. Bargnani 1.2

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