The New York Knicks met their biggest goal of the offseason when they re-signed star forward Carmelo Anthony. He flirted with several teams, visiting the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers but in the end, he agreed to a five-year deal with the Knicks.
The Knicks had high hopes to add to Anthony and reportedly offered a package including big man Amar’e Stoudemire, guard Tim Hardaway, Jr. and swingman Iman Shumpert to the Minnesota Timberwolves for power forward Kevin Love. That obviously wasn’t enough and some have speculated the Knicks could make the same offer for others players, possibly Detroit Pistons’ restricted free agent big man Greg Monroe.
However, as Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders points out, the Knicks don’t have the type of assets the Pistons would want in a sign-and-trade after it was suggests the Knicks offer that same package of Hardaway, Stoudemire and Shumpert (or guard J.R. Smith) to the Pistons in a sign-and-trade.
“I don’t see how Detroit would take that, nothing in that deal for them,” Kyler wrote. “They have those kinds of guys already.”
Monroe put up 15.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 49.7% from the field and 65.7% from the free throw line last season. Stoudemire put up just 11.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game while shooting 55.7% from the field and 73.9% from the free throw line. Shumpert put up 6.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game while shooting 37.8% from the field, 33.3% from beyond the arc and 74.6% from the free throw line last season. Hardaway, Jr. went for 10.2 points and 1.5 rebounds per game while shooting 42.8% from the field, 36.3% from three and 82.8% from the charity stripe.