The Knicks have signed two free agents: Carmelo Anthony rejoined the Knicks on a contract paying him about $122 million over 5 years, and Cole Aldrich came back for I assume is a minimum contract, taking a huge pay cut off the max he deserved. Soon, we will have some posts about who we think the Knicks *should* pursue. For now, I want to empty out the list I've been keeping of players the Knicks have shown reported "interest" in since the beginning of free agency. Note that the Knicks own the tax-payer's exception of about $3.3 million, and just veteran minimum openings after that unless they get weird:
- Trevor Booker, who Marc Berman kept pointing at, just signed with the Jazz for a whole $5 million dollars a year, so apparently he was never an option. That alone can serve as a bit of a benchmark for guys the Knicks can't afford.
- Same goes for Jordan Crawford's agent. Like, come on, at least pick some small-market teams or something.
- And apparently the Knicks would like to bring Toure' Murry back even after pulling his qualifying offer. With a pretty full backcourt and, apparently, no room for Murry on the Vegas roster, I'm not sure I see that one actually happening.
Sooooooooo yeah, the rest of free agency will be pretty quiet. "Interest," as we've seen above, often indicates some promotion on the part of a player's agent, but this gives us a rough idea of the phone calls the Knicks have made. Perhaps they'll do like past summers and poke around foreign leagues for a less familiar low-cost signings. Or perhaps they'll roll with guys they already have, bring a few summer leaguers to camp, and go from there.