This Marc Berman story is ostensibly about the Knicks making a big push for Jeff Foster-- Donnie Walsh is reportedly heading the recruitment in Indiana-- but it really doesn't sound like any size push will be enough:
Foster, 34, is not making a recruiting visit to the Knicks. He was thought to be on his last legs as a health risk but boosted his play late last season and helped the Pacers earn a playoff spot.
Foster desperately wants to stay in Indiana and indicated he may be willing to take less money, since he wants to finish his career with Indiana, where he has played 12 seasons. In a bad sign for the Knicks, Foster showed up at the Pacers’ practice facility to work out Thursday on the first day teams unlocked the doors.
The Knicks are like "oh, it's LESS money that you want!? We can offer less money!".
But, yeah. I suppose we shouldn't rule out Walsh's powers of persuasion, but I count at least three motives for Foster to stay in that blockquote. I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this one. Foster, who is one of the best rebounders in NBA history, would fit the Knicks like a glove fits into a glove compartment. Then again, injuries have limited him to just 62 games played over the last two seasons, and the last thing the Knicks need is another big guy wearing a suit.
I don't know, guys. We heard earlier that the Knicks might pocket their mid-level exception this year, but now it's been suggested that they might be willing to dip into it immediately. How do we feel about this? Probably give all of the dollars to Bostjan Nachbar, right?