The New York Knicks has a big offseason coming with new head coach Jeff Hornacek looking to fill the roster with players fit for his system. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Knicks will target Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards in free agency this summer.
As mentioned in a previous report, New York’s priority is to find a point guard with Hornacek admitting it in an interview. This year’s free agency is filled with good point guards such as Mike Conley, Rajon Rondo, Jeremy Lin and Jordan Clarkson.
However, Marc Bergman of the New York Post noted in his report that Knicks president Phil Jackson is leaning towards signing an athletic swingman instead of a point guard. Some of the names the pop out as possible targets were Bradley Beal, DeMar DeRozan, Kent Bazemore, Nicolas Batum and Evan Turner.
DeRozan and Batum will likely re-sign with the Toronto Raptors and Charlotte Hornets, respectively. On the other hand, Bazemore and Turner perfectly fit the athletic swingman need but Beal possesses the best potential among all those mentioned.
The 22-year-old is one of the most promising stars in the NBA but he can’t seem to stay healthy. In his first four seasons, he has missed a total 81 games out of the possible 328. His main problem is his lower right leg that consistently keeps him on the sidelines every year.
Nonetheless, Beal is a proven scorer when healthy with a potent three-point shooting. He also had success in the playoffs for the Washington Wizards. In 21 playoff games, he has averages of 21.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.6 steals per game.
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The Wizards are likely to match any offers for Beal, who was very open to leaving Washington if they don’t meet his demands. The Knicks will have the money to offer him but it will be a very risky move due to his injury history.
“I want to be valued the right way. I feel like I’m a max player and that’s what I’m looking for. If Washington can’t meet that requirement then I may be thinking elsewhere,” Beal told The Washington Post.
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