The New York Knicks may have a full 15-man roster, but it never hurts to scout recently cut players across the NBA. I mean, this team is still talking about using Sasha Vujacic their third point guard. Maybe they can find someone better than Sasha!
The cream of the crop appears to be explosive 22-year-old guard Archie Goodwin. The former Kentucky standout was waived by the Phoenix Suns Monday in a move that shocked many NBA observers.
Per The Vertical’s Shams Charania:
The Suns had been in trade discussions with several teams to move Goodwin, but were unable to reach an agreement and informed Goodwin of his release Monday, league sources said.
Goodwin averaged 8.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 19.5 minutes per game in 57 games last season. He was briefly made Phoenix’s starting guard alongside Devin Booker from mid-January to mid-February and had seven 20-point performances and one double-double (18 points and 12 assists).
Hmm ... I wonder if there is anyone in the Knicks organization who is familiar with Goodwin? Perhaps Jeff Hornacek, who coached Goodwin for the first two-and-a-half seasons of his pro career!
Goodwin still has to pass through the waiver wire, which could complicate matters.
Another young point who could draw interest is Spencer Dinwiddie, who was waived by the Bulls. The former Piston doesn’t have Goodwin’s pedigree, but is young (23 years old) and tall (6’6”). After losing Jerian Grant, there would certainly be a bent appeal in digging up a serviceable young point guard the Bulls gave away.
Dinwiddie getting waived isn’t an indictment of him, just non-guaranteed $ and no rotation spot. Worth a look for teams needing a backup PG.— Sean Highkin (@highkin) October 21, 2016
If you’re in the market for young shooting guards with the facial hair of a 1930s Robin Hood movie villain, R.J. Hunter was released by the Celtics. Mitch McGary was dropped by the Thunder — he makes absolutely no sense for New York, but you can never count out the prospect of Phil Jackson signing a weed-smoking big man.
Am I forgetting someone? Let’s see ...
The Rockets changed their mind and will waive Playoff Legend Pablo Prigioni instead https://t.co/Nq7RgQMtAK— The Dream Shake (@DreamShakeSBN) October 24, 2016
Oh God, I’m getting dizzy.