Free-agent forward Shawne Williams told HOOPSWORLD.com that he hopes to return to the Knicks.
The Knicks reportedly made contact with Williams' agent, Happy Walters, on Wednesday, the first day teams were allowed to discuss free agency with agents.
In an interview with HOOPSWORLD.com posted on Friday, Williams hinted that his first choice would be to return to New York.
"I’m not going to lie, that’s where I want to be," said Williams, who averaged seven points and nearly four rebounds off the bench last season. "I’ve never been with a team [for] two years."
"I feel like I’m acquainted with coach [Mike] D'Antoni and the staff ... and we’ve got great fans, so that’s a place I want to play," he added.
The Knicks are expected to offer one-year deals to all free agents to maintain cap flexibility for the summer of 2012, when Deron Williams, Chris Paul and Dwight Howard can test free agency.
After a season in which he made a career-high 40% of his 3-point attempts and showed value as a defender, Williams will likely command a longer offer from other suitors.
He said in the interview that he'll listen to "all comers."
"'I'm not going to say I'm one of the Paul Pierces or the Chris Pauls of the league and I can pick where I want to go," said Williams, who has clearly been paying attention to rumors surrounding the Knicks. "As a free agent, I’m going to entertain who ever offers. But hopefully I'll be with the Knicks. If it don’t work, out I had fun with the Knicks and it was a great season with them last year."
Check out HOOPSWORLD.com's full interview here.