The New York Knicks are close to completing their roster for the 2016-17 season as they only one spot remaining. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Knicks will be looking to add a point guard with Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole being the best options.
After signing forward Maurice Ndour, the Knicks now have 14 guaranteed contracts entering next season. New York currently just has two point guards on its roster, Derrick Rose, and Brandon Jennings, who have a fair share of injury troubles for the past couple of seasons.
According to All About Knicks SportsBlog, the Knicks should sign Mario Chalmers to fill up their final roster spot. However, the 30-year-old point guard suffered a season-ending Achilles injury and there is no tentative timetable of recovery.
Chalmers played great for the Memphis Grizzlies before he got injured. He was averaging a career-high 10.8 points per game to go along with 2.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.5 steals. He was also one of the leading candidates to win the Sixth Man of the Year Award last season.
Just like Rose and Jennings, Chalmers is a low-risk, high reward player but having too much of that on a roster is too much. Adding a player coming off a big injury to backup two often-injured players is not a great idea.
On the other hand, Joe Franco of The Runner Sports suggested several players the Knicks can sign. He named Norris Cole, Donald Sloan, and undrafted combo guard Ron Baker as possible options of Phil Jackson.
The 14 players with the Knicks are Derrick Rose, Courtney Lee, Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis, Joakim Noah, Brandon Jennings, Sasha Vujacic, Lance Thomas, Kyle O’Quinn, Willy Hernangomez, Justin Holiday, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Maurice Ndour and Marshall Plumlee.
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