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Jan 30, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters (3) during the fourth quarter against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. New York Knicks won 117-86. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: New York Knicks after Dion Waiters?

Although the New York Knicks are the favorites to retain forward Carmelo Anthony, it may be difficult for them to win many more games next season.

The Knicks owe a lot of money this season and may not be able to make any kind of big move. They’ll like have to get creative and potentially find a troubled player they could get on the cheap.

One of those players could be Milwaukee Bucks’ big man Larry Sanders. Another could be Cleveland Cavaliers’ guard Dion Waiters, who the Cavaliers are reportedly shopping.

Moke Hamilton of Basketball Insiders discussed the possibility of Sanders or Waiters joining the Knicks.

The only issue with Larry Sanders is the long money due to him over the next few years. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, sure, but if you’re the Knicks, do you blow up your opportunity of bringing LeBron James, Kevin Love, Rajon Rondo or LaMarcus Aldridge to New York for Sanders? I doubt it.

As far as Waiters is concerned, if I didn’t have Carmelo Anthony on the team, I’d consider taking a flyer on him if the price was right… but I would be concerned with how Tim Hardaway, Jr. is affected by that. Hardaway has great potential, so if I were the Knicks, I’d be inclined to want to harness his talent and help him develop, not further clutter the shooting guard position.

Sanders played in just 23 games last season because of injuries and off of the court issues. He averaged 7.7 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 25.4 minutes per game while shooting 46.9% from the field and 47.3% from the free throw line. Waiters put up 15.9 points, 3.0 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game while shooting 43.3% from the field, 36.8% from beyond the arc and 68.5% from the free throw line last season.

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