Early in the offseason, the New York Knicks are involved in a lot of NBA rumors and one of the new ones involve acquiring Darren Collison, who will have an expiring contract for the Sacramento Kings for the 2016-2017 NBA season and will hit free agency after next season. Mike Conley of the Memphis Grizzlies and Brandon Jennings of the Orlando Magic are also possible free agent targets for New York, according to a report.
Earlier reports state that the Knicks want to improve their point guard rotation and looking to add veteran point guards who can fit the triangle offense, which is the system wanted by Knicks president Phil Jackson. The move could also dislodge other PGs in the line-up like Jose Calderon, Jerian Grant, Tony Wroten or Langston Galloway.
Ian Begley of ESPN reported the possible Collison deal to New York this offseason. Begley also added that other top point guards like Mike Conley, Rajon Rondo and Brandon Jennings are possible Knicks’ targets.
Collison is an seven-year NBA veteran that has played for multiple NBA teams in his career including the New Orleans Pelicans (2009 – 2010), Indiana Pacers (2010 to 2012), Dallas Mavericks (2012 – 2013), Los Angeles Clippers (2013 – 2014) and Kings (2014 to 2016). He is seen as a back-up point guard in the league though he has good numbers as a starter with some of his teams.
As a starter for the Kings in the 2014-2015 season, he averaged 16.1 points and 5.6 assists and was a back-up to star PG Rajon Rondo this season averaging 14.0 points and 4.3 assists.
Earlier NBA rumors also state that the Knicks might go after Rajon Rondo this offseason but his style of game could be a bad fit with Jackson’s triangle offense. The Knicks feature stars Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony as part of the core group with the New York squad, which missed the postseason again this season.
Brandon Jennings could be a good fit in the triangle with his ball distribution skills and shooting from the three-point area while Mike Conley remains a top target in free agency but could choose to stay with the more established Memphis Grizzlies. Both players are expected to be part of the NBA rumors this 2016 offseason.
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