Regardless of whether the New York Knicks buy Donovan Mitchell through trade or not, the team will still need more firepower from their bench.
While the Knicks have certainly improved over the summer, they’re still a young roster and some additional veterans could prove to have a beneficial impact heading into the new season. Of course, New York will prioritize developing their younger talents, but having a reliable presence from the bench, who can split the defense and regain strength, will always be beneficial. for a team looking to make a comeback after the season.
One player who could feature is the three-time Sixth Man of the Year, Lou Williams, as originally pointed out by Sports Illustrated’s Ben Stinar. Williams is now available as a free agent after his $5 million one-year contract with the Atlanta Hawks expired at the end of last season.
“A bench unit with Derrick Rose and Williams would be a really interesting combination. Williams only played for 14.3 minutes per competition last season, so it doesn’t look like he’ll take on a big role. Also, if the Knicks can get back in the playoffs, Williams will be really important to have. He’s played 89 playoff games in his career, and is no stranger to hitting the big shots,” Stinar wrote.
Williams entered 56 regular-season games for the Hawks, averaging 6.3 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game, while shooting 39.1% and 36.3% respectively. from the outer ring.
What will Williams add to the New York bench?
Williams entered the Knicks locker room with a reputation for his ability to recharge from the bench, especially with his roll-and-roll play, and his ability to create shot space from the tiniest of throws.
Throughout his career, Williams has flourished as a sixth man, averaging 13.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists during 1123 regular-season NBA games. his, with a three-point rate of 35.1%.
At 35, Williams may have lost a bit of speed and his first steps aren’t what he used to be, but there’s no denying that his experience and cunning can be a huge asset to a player. The Knicks are prone to stalling. a defense ministry.
After allowing Taj Gibson to leave this summer, New York could do with a new veteran in the dressing room, and if Leon Rose and William Wesley are willing to extend Williams a minimum veteran’s deal , they can find a highly skilled substitute before training. Camp will get underway later this summer.
Knicks No Closer to Landing Mitchell
Since adding Jalen Brunson to their roster, New York has turned their attention to Donovan Mitchell, as Leon Rose continues to chase the first star of his tenure. Unfortunately, according to a July 29 report by The Atheltic’s Shams CharaniaNegotiations between the Knicks and the Utah Jazz have stalled, leaving both teams no closer to finding a resolution in the current trade saga.
“Currently, sources tell me that negotiations between the Jazz and the Knicks around the sale of Donovan Mitchell have stalled… I am told there has been no communication between the two parties for the past two weeks or so.” Charania said during a July 29 appearance on The Rally.
Until the Knicks come to a conclusion in their pursuit of Mitchell, it’s highly unlikely that we’ll see the top office turn their attention to rounding out their roster – but if they see Williams as an addition potential addition, it might be beneficial to get him through the door. before another team decided to extend his contract.
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