For those of you clamoring for a PG and C, Hahn dropped some names in today's column. That said, the problem to me is the lack of bench scoring since Wil was promoted. Even a healthy TD will have trouble as the lone scoring option in any bench unit. Does Wil have to move back to his original role for the good of the team?
Major issue brewing with the bench, or the lack thereof. The Celtics bench outscored the Knicks bench, 24-7. Wilson Chandler is obviously fitting in well as the starting PF next to Amar'e, but the Knicks are missing his production off the bench and aren't getting much of anything out of Toney Douglas. To be fair, D'Antoni went with basically six players in this game, with Ronny Turiaf (8:49) and Shawne Williams (5:31) seeing minimal action, so it's not like anyone was given much of an opportunity.
But the bench is an area of critical need and the Knicks are certainly looking to address it by acquiring a backup point guard who has the ability to run an offense -- Douglas, for all his effort on defense, is just not ready to take over when Raymond Felton needs a breather -- and, obviously, a high-IQ big man with some muscle. The Knicks would love to add a player like a Luke Ridnour if Minnesota was inclined to move him, but it's not easy to find a reliable, intelligent backup point guard for a reasonable price in this league. Stan Van Gundy has Jason Williams and Chris Duhon, two players who certainly would be able to handle the role. Williams' expiring $854,389 is certainly more attractive for the Knicks, but it looks like Williams has moved ahead of Duhon ($3.5M per over three years) on the depth chart. Duhon ran D'Antoni's system well, he just didn't have the ability to get to the rim or shoot it consistently.
As for bigs, Kurt Thomas would be a great fit, though he's starting to show his age. I've been told that the Knicks have looked into the availability of Joel Przybilla as the Trail Blazers appear ready to break up that injury-riddled team. The dream would be to land Marcus Camby for a decent price, but let's not get carried away.
In other news, Donnie Walsh is "very confident" that he can trade for a first-round pick, and he hinted that the Nets are not in the Carmelo sweepstakes. Not that he's discussing Carmelo or anything.