Monday, December 12, 2011
Grunwald would 'love to have Jamal back'
By Jared Zwerling
NEW YORK -- While the Knicks' newly-formed terrific trio of Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler highlighted the team's annual media day, there was still a sense that some unfinished business was on the table.
Recent reports have surfaced that the Knicks want totrade for Jamal Crawford, once again. While addressing reporters, interim general manager Glen Grunwald wasn't shy about his interest in trading for the shooting guard, who played for the Knicks from 2004 to '08 and boasts a career average of 15.4 points per game.
"We're always looking to improve our roster. That's always the main process we go through," Grunwald said. "We would certainly love to have Jamal back here, and we'll see where that goes. That's a situation that's still developing."
It's obvious why Grunwald gushes for J-Craw. One, currently the Knicks don't have a clear-cut scorer in the second unit (Bill Walker is inconsistent and Iman Shumpert is only a rookie); and two, he already has experience playing for assistant coach Mike Woodson in Atlanta.
The Knicks may also be looking to upgrade at starting point guard, even though Mike D'Antoni is prepared to give the reins to Toney Douglas. The eventual addition could be Baron Davis, who has previously made it clear that New York would be a very favorable destination. While B-Diddy is still a Cavalier, he's missed three straight days of training camp, and a source told ESPNNewYork.com that it's likely he will be waived before Friday's amnesty deadline.
After signing Chandler and making their other free-agent moves, the Knicks went about $3 million over the salary cap, so they would have to wait until teams below the ceiling first bid on Davis. If none do, the Knicks will be able to sign him as a free agent. Another option, if Davis was willing to sacrifice his higher value on the market, would be to offer the 32-year-old the veteran's minimum of $1.4 million.