New York Knicks: Louis Amundson

Opening Tip: Possibly add Amundson?

February, 5, 2013
Every weekday throughout the season, 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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Filling out the Knicks' roster

August, 2, 2012
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:

Kenyon 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?

Lou 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.

Andray 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.

D.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?

Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Carmelo Anthony
23.7 3.2 0.9 36.5
ReboundsA. Stoude... 7.4
AssistsJ. Calderon 4.2
StealsP. Prigioni 1.4
BlocksS. Dalembert 1.2