The Knicks can add as many players as they want during the offseason. But by the time the season starts, they're allowed a maximum of 15 players on the roster.
They currently have 13 players with guaranteed deals.
With the recent signings of Chris Copeland and Chris Smith, there seems to be a little bit of confusion regarding roster numbers.
Neither deal is fully guaranteed (Copeland's is non-guaranteed and Smith's, according to Newsday, is a two-year deal that is partially guaranteed).
As such, both players can be cut with little financial penalty to the Knicks.
With 13 players inked to guaranteed deals, the Knicks can add two more guaranteed contracts before getting to the max of 15 players on the roster.
Common belief is that they will use one spot to add a reserve big man, most likely a power forward.
Let's take a look at four candidates:
MartinKenyon Martin: The 12-year vet flirted with New York last season before signing with the Clippers following a rough stint in China during the lockout.
In 42 games with the Clips, Martin averaged five points and four rebounds in 22 minutes. He'd be another veteran presence in the locker room and played with Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith in Denver.
But the key here is, would Martin accept the veteran's minimum, which is all the Knicks can offer?
AmundsonLou Amundson: The Pacers bruiser really hurt the Knicks at times last season, getting loose balls and rebounds near the rim by outworking the New York bigs. Surely, Mike Woodson was looking at that and thinking what it would be like to have him on his own bench.
The problem, as with Martin, is whether Amundson would accept the veteran's minimum. Several teams have reportedly expressed interest in the reserve big man.
BlatcheAndray Blatche: Blatche was amnestied by the Wizards and cleared waivers, which means teams over the cap (re: the Knicks) can bid on him. Blatche was scheduled to make $7.1 million this season, most of which he will earn from the Wizards, so, maybe he wouldn't mind making the veteran's minimum from the Knicks.
WhiteD.J. White: The Bobcats did not extend White during the season, making him a free agent. The 6-9 big man will be 26 at the end of the month and was productive in limited minutes in Charlotte last year. Don't discount the Hoosiers factor. Woodson and Glen Grunwald, like White, went to Indiana.
Question: Who would you go after to fill the roster spot? Blatche? Martin? Anyone else?
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