Everybody knows that the New York Knicks have one more roster spot left to fill, but the popular consensus is that it will be filled by a veteran center. Apparently, their search is not just limited to big men.
Shooting guard Rip Hamilton is still without a home after spending last season with the Chicago Bulls, and Sam Amico of FOX Sports Ohio reports that both the Knicks and Houston Rockets have interest in the veteran. He's on the last leg of his career, but acquiring Hamilton would be a wise move by general manager Glen Grunwald.
Hamilton has a winning pedigree from his days with the Detroit Pistons, days he shared with Knicks head coach Mike Woodson. Both were key members of the team's 2004 NBA title—Hamilton on the court and Woodson on the bench as an assistant coach.
The Knicks are obviously seeking new heights in 2013-14 after being bounced from the playoffs by the Indiana Pacers, and Grunwald has done a great job bringing in talent this offseason in an effort to improve. Andrea Bargnani, Metta World Peace, Jeremy Tyler and Beno Udrih all figure to help the team's depth. Throwing Hamilton into the mix would represent an even bigger improvement.
He's not the player he was in 2004 with the Pistons, but Hamilton still has some of that scoring potential left in the tank. Health will be an issue with him, but there's no doubting the fact that he can still hit an open three. Plus, his skills without the ball in his hands are second to none.
Hamilton is likely seeking a veteran's minimum deal at this point, and that should be right up Grunwald's alley. As an injury risk player that won't see extensive minutes, paying anything more would be ridiculous. He'll be stuffed in the depth chart behind guards like Raymond Felton, Pablo Prigioni, Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith and Udrih.
Training camp opens in a few weeks, and that final roster spot will need to be filled by then. If Grunwald and the Knicks were smart wanted to add veteran leadership, then Hamilton would be the easy choice.
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