Opening Tip: Possibly add Amundson?

February, 5, 2013
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Every weekday throughout the season, ESPNNewYork.com will tackle a burning question about the Knicks in our "Opening Tip" segment.

Today's Burning Question: If Louis Amundson becomes available, should the Knicks explore the possibility of picking him up?

Last summer, the Knicks expressed interest in Amundson, who was a free agent at the time, but he went on to sign with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

But this weekend, the 6-foot-9, 225-pound defensive-and-rebounding-focused forward could be available on the waiver wire. That's if the Timberwolves decide to sign Chris Johnson and Mickael Gelabale, who are both currently on 10-day contracts, for the rest of the season.

Still, the main personnel issue involving the Knicks is their frontcourt defensive depth without Marcus Camby and Rasheed Wallace; not to mention, Kurt Thomas is 40 years old. While Camby appears to be making progress, the overall concern is their age and durability behind Tyson Chandler, and Wallace remains a big question mark.

"Personally, I think Sheed is done for the year," one league source said.

But according to the same source, the Knicks -- specifically Mike Woodson -- are not rushing to bring in a new face.

"Woody doesn't want to add anyone," the source said. "He was buying more time for Sheed. The Knicks are letting him do it his way."

Another source said the Knicks will likely wait until after the All-Star break to make a decision on Wallace. But it doesn't mean they shouldn't monitor the Amundson situation. While he's fallen on the depth chart, fighting for minutes among a young and talented Minnesota frontcourt, the 30-year-old is healthy and capable of becoming an integral role player like he was with the playoff-bound Pacers in 2011-12.

"He's a nice body," one veteran NBA scout said. "He's strong, brings intensity and energy."

Waiting until after the All-Star break might be too late to sign Amundson, but the Knicks still have Henry Sims in their backyard. He's been tearing it up on the Knicks' D-League team, the Erie BayHawks, with high double-doubles on a consistent basis. While the Knicks are currently settled on their 15-man roster, Sims is definitely on the team's radar.

"They want to see if Henry is a young big they could add to their core group," a source close to Sims said. "I think if Henry keeps playing as he is, they would need to look now."

The Knicks have some decisions to make and potentially a few guys to look at. Even Kenyon Martin is still available.

What are your thoughts on the Knicks' frontcourt? Do you like Amundson, Sims or Martin? Leave us your comments below.

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