Hey, I know you’re busy watching Peyton Manning crack dad jokes at the Knicks’ expense at ESPN’s yearly vanity project—sorry to interrupt!
But, as it turns out, we’ve got a #BermanBomb situation on our hands!
(Not really, but just play along. When was the last time Marc Berman got a huge scoop?)
Having spent more or less all of their remaining free agent money on Ron Baker, and firmly in the middle of trying to orchestrate a trade to move Carmelo Anthony, it appears the Knicks have shifted their focus to acquiring a veteran point guard via trade. From Berman:
According to a source, the Knicks are among a multitude of teams that have inquired about 31-year-old Ramon Sessions, who played for the Hornets last season.
A source told The Post the Knicks inquired about Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe, whom Jeff Hornacek coached in Phoenix. Bledsoe is 27 with two years and $29 million left on his pact. The Knicks don’t have many trade chips except a future first-round pick and starting shooting guard Courtney Lee.
Those two names sound OK to me, particularly Bledsoe (though I’m not sure how the Knicks could afford his trade price, outside of including the Suns in a Melo deal). I’m fairly certain that Sessions has been linked to the Knicks at least seven or eight times in the past.
Oh, one more curveball:
Another free-agent name the Knicks have researched is point guard Donald Sloan, who played in China last season. In his last NBA season, in 2015-16, the 28-year-old Sloan played 61 games for the Nets, starting 33 games, averaging seven points and shooting 38 percent from 3-point land.
Sloan would certainly be an interesting bargain-bin add, and could be nice in the sense that he could run the offense just fine if Frank Ntilikina needs some seasoning, but could very easily be relegated to the bench if Frank surprises everyone (a la Kristaps Porzingis) and is NBA-ready from day one.
And then, rather randomly, the Knicks are interested in the recently-renounced Shabazz Muhammad:
Free agent forward Shabazz Muhammad is receiving interest from the Hawks, Nets, Bucks and Knicks, a source says.— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) July 13, 2017
I couldn’t possibly tell you what money the Knicks would sign Muhammad with, unless they’re doing some due diligence on him as a Melo replacement and hope to free up some cap space in a trade. Muhammad’s intriguing—he shot almost 40 percent from three two years ago, but has had a couple of OK seasons since then. If he’s available for cheap, he could be a neat reclamation project for sure.
What’s your thoughts on these latest rumored Knicks targets? Sound off in the comments, and try not to get in any digital fistfights, mmmkay?