Recently news broke that the New York Knicks have asked Josh Powell and Ike Diogu to join them in training camp. Both players had shown enough during the Knicks' two-day mini camp to warrant the invites. That puts the Knicks' roster at 18 contracts. The maximum allowed players for an NBA training camp is 20. Now the Knicks are looking around for two more players who could bring their roster count 20 so they can maximize their competition for their final roster spots.
The New York Knicks are looking to fill out their roster for the upcoming season. What they've decided is competition is the best way to decide who will round out their roster. With their lack of center depth and their uncertainty surrounding J.R. Smith the team is looking to reinforce those positions by bringing in as much talent to training camp as possible.
Aldrich has been on the Knicks' radar all off-season. He's drawn interest from a handful of teams during free agency. Aldrich is fairly poor offensive skills but he has promise as a rebounder and shot blocker.
Despite his potential, Aldrich's numbers during his three NBA seasons haven't been impressive. In his time with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings he was only able to average 2.0 points and 2.3 rebounds over 7.9 minutes per game in 89 contests.
However, his minutes have been quite limited. He probably would have warranted more minutes had he been more productive but it's also possible that Aldrich simply needed more maturing and development in his game.
Clearly that remains to be seen. However, if Aldrich makes the roster he could wind up filling a major role for the Knicks this season because of their lack of center depth.
The revelation that the Knicks are searching the open market for athletic wings is more disturbing. Clearly this is why they invited Ricky Davis to their mini camp. The fact that J.R. Smith is both recovering from surgery and has been suspended for five games is reason enough to look for wing help.
The fact they have questions about undrafted rookie C.J. Leslie's long-term future and value is even more reason. Leslie has a $200,000 guarantee in his contract and that's it. His performance during the summer league was hardly impressive and he obviously hasn't shown enough this summer up till now to make the Knicks believe he'll definitely make it in the NBA.
While that isn't the best news for Leslie the good news for the Knicks is that there are plenty of wing players available. Guards such as Leandro Barbosa, Daequan Cook, Daniel Gibson, Richard Hamilton, A.J. Price, Sebastian Telfair, Delonte West and others are still on the free agent market.
There's also forwards such as DeShawn Stevenson Marquis Daniels, Dahntay Jones, Corey Maggette and Mickael Pietrus who could boost the Knicks roster as well. There's really no reason why the Knicks shouldn't bring at least one of these guards or forwards into camp just incase they grossly outplay someone.
When it comes to big men there are also players that could still help the Knicks. Could Aldrich fill their void? Absolutely, and quite frankly with his potential and youth it wouldn't be a bad idea to sign him. However, there are others still looking for employment who could also fill the bill.
Big men such as Louis Amundson, Earl Barron, Jason Collins, Drew Gooden, Hamed Haddadi, Malcolm Thomas, Tyrus Thomas and Chris Wilcox could all help booster the Knicks frontcourt.
At this point, the options are dwindling but their is still some talent to be had. It's up to Glen Grunwald and his staff to decide who can help them best and who would accept training camp invites to compete for the final roster spots.
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