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Report: Knicks make late push for Andrew Bynum, still looking for another big man

Feb 3, 2014, 11:35 AM EDT

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For a team that has had its success this season playing small ball, the Knicks have a lot of guys in their frontcourt. They start Tyson Chandler and Carmelo Anthony but behind them are Kenyon Martin, Amar’e Stoudemire, Andrea Bargnani, Jeremy Tyler and Cole Aldrich.

The challenge has been keeping all those banged-up bodies healthy and contributing.

So the Knicks seem to be looking to add another frontcourt body — and that effort started with trying to land Andrew Bynum.

The Knicks made a late run at Bynum, reports the New York Post.

Knicks personnel director Mark Warkentien tried to arrange a meeting with Bynum and the Knicks staff, but it never materialized.

“The Knicks were very aggressive in the end,” his New York-based agent David Lee told The Post. “In the end, they did everything they could.”

Bynum signed with the Pacers. The issue with the Knicks was money — Bynum wanted more than the minimum ($550,000 for the rest of the season) and the capped-out Knicks couldn’t offer it. The Pacers, who had their mid-level exception left, could and spent $1 million to lock up Bynum for the season.

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This move signals the Knicks are still targeting a big to go with their rotation, reports the Post.

The Knicks, who face the moribund Bucks Monday at Bradley Center, are still concerned with their big-man depth and durability. Amar’e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin returned for Saturday’s 106-91 loss to the Heat and Metta World Peace is allegedly healthy too after platelet rich plasma therapy. But all three are major injury risks with chronic issues.

If you’re asking yourself “why would the Knicks add a big man so Mike Woodson can keep going with big lineups?” you’d be asking a smart question. The Knicks have had their run of success with a Raymond Felton, Pablo Prigioni, J.R. Smith starting lineup and some depth behind them (rather than trading Iman Shumpert for another big) would seem to make more sense.

The Knicks have 15 guys on the roster so to add anyone would require either a trade or to waive a player such as Toure Murry or Aldrich. At this point in the season those guys would still get paid for the full year.

  1. sylpkt - Feb 3, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Eddie Curry clone

  2. blazermaniac22 - Feb 3, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Is it me, or are the Knicks in line to get every free agent, ever? Or is it just New York media just making things up? I’ll take the 2nd choice, please! Not EVERYBODY wants to play in Jew York ( haha that was a typo, but it’s so true! So I kept it) Get over yourselves! You guys are really bad- face reality

  3. bougin89 - Feb 3, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    “The Knicks, who face the *moribund Bucks* Monday at Bradley Center”


    Not saying it’s not true but this is one rough season for Bucks fans.

  4. zerole00 - Feb 3, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    I think the Knicks lucked out on this one. I know they’re looking for help, but their locker room seems like it’s on the verge of imploding and they’re going to throw Bynum into the mix? Seriously?

  5. elnogo - Feb 3, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    That’s what happened when you let a guy like donny walsh let go and the clueless owner made the decisions!!!!

  6. 24thesho - Feb 4, 2014 at 6:05 AM

    What’s up with Knicks making all of these boneheaded trades and acquisitions off and on since the days of Mark Jackson? SMH for 2 decades now.

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