Jeff Hornacek has been officially named the head coach of the New York Knicks after signing a three-year deal. According to the latest NBA rumors, Hornacek admitted the need for a point guard and players like Jeremy Lin and Jordan Clarkson are among potential targets.
Many people were surprised when Hornacek was chosen by Phil Jackson to be the Knicks’ next head coach. He reportedly impressed Jackson and many top executives during his interview, which is why he was offered the job.
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In an interview with the New York Post on Saturday, Hornacek said that the current point guards on the roster are in need of help. He pointed out that Jerian Grant is still inexperienced while Jose Calderon is already in the twilight of his career.
“We have a young player that’s obviously inexperienced after his first year. He’ll get better and better. Jose is kind of later in his career. If we can find a middle guy to bridge those two guys, it would be good. There’s a lot of guys out there. I’m sure Phil (Jackson) and Steve (Mills) are looking at everything,” Hornacek said.
Some of the names being floated around are Jeremy Lin, Brandon Jennings, Ty Lawson, Rajon Rondo, Mike Conley and Mario Chalmers. Conley and Rondo are the top point guards in this weak free agent class but they may be too pricey for New York’s liking.
On the other hand, the Post noted that the Knicks are worried about Lin’s defensive woes and Lawson’s off-court problems. Jennings might be their best option while Chalmers will be coming off Achilles injury. Other free agents point guards available are Jordan Clarkson, Tyler Johnson, Nando De Colo, Seth Curry and Matthew Dellavedova.
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The Knicks also have Tony Wroten on their roster but he is a risk considering he has not returned to full strength. He underwent knee surgery last year to repair a torn ACL, which he also injured in high school.
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