We recently suggested that the Knicks take a look-see at Kenyon Martin, mostly because the team won’t have much money to spend on upgrading its roster, and also due to the fact that Martin should come relatively cheaply.
Remember, even more than a third superstar — Chris Paul or Deron Williams aren’t viable options until next February’s trade deadline at the earliest anyway — New York needs veteran players with upside.
In a perfect world, players who know their limitations, and therefore also know their roles.
So might another viable target off the proverbial scrap-heap be former All-Star shooting guard Michael Redd?
Redd, now an unrestricted free agent, is coming off back-to-back injury-plagued seasons in Milwaukee, having suffered torn ACLs in each of his knees.
In 2010-11, Redd played in just 10 late-season games for the Bucks, and probably did not establish himself as a sought after prize in free agency. He’s played his entire career in Milwaukee, and sadly, that franchise is probably closer to being contracted than to winning a championship.
So would Redd consider the Knicks? Your guess is as good as mine — and we all know money talks — but regarding his playing future when asked last month, Redd said:
“My main thing right now is being healthy. Being healthy will take care of everything else. Free agency will take care of itself when it comes.”
Redd is a career 20 point-per-game scorer, and although his reputation as a marksman was never quite deserved — 45% career shooting (38% from beyond the arc) — he can definitely bring some depth and scoring to New York’s roster.
Heck, if Landry Fields really is the guy we saw after the Carmelo Anthony acquisition, and not the player he was prior to the All-Star break, Redd’s health might be the only reason why he’d be relegated to the Knick bench anyway.
Knicks’ Coach Mike D’Antoni’s entire system is predicated on ball movement and the ability to knock down open shots — and knocking down jumpers is something Redd can do.
Plus, he’s a lefty, and everyone knows lefties are far superior to their right-handed counterparts.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments section or shoot me a tweet @LoHudKnicks.