Knicks could solve depth problem by signing 76ers backup guard in free agency

De’Anthony Melton, Knicks, 76ers
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The New York Knicks have many priorities this offseason. From re-signing OG Anunoby and Isaiah Hartenstein to the potential contract extensions regarding Jalen Brunson and Julius Randle, the Knicks will certainly have their hands full. After an unprecedented injury situation derailed this season, adding depth will also be key for the Knicks, with G De’Anthony Melton entering the fold as a potential free-agency candidate.

Former 76ers guard a potential target for the Knicks in free agency

De'Anthony Melton, Knicks
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Bleacher Report recently named Melton the Knicks’ “dream free agency target.” The 26-year-old is one of the best backup guards in the league, averaging 11.1 points per game while knocking down 36% of his three-pointers last season for the Philadelphia 76ers. Melton also brings a two-way presence that fits head coach Tom Thibodeau’s mold to perfection, averaging 1.6 steals last season, and 1.4 for his career.

Bringing in Melton would give the Knicks a dynamic two-way backcourt off the bench playing alongside G Miles McBride. Despite being just 6-foot-3, Melton’s defensive presence would allow him to be on the floor at the same time as Jalen Brunson, similar to when McBride would share the floor with Brunson last season.

Philadelphia could let Melton walk amidst a busy offseason

Much like the Knicks, the 76ers also have a lengthy to-do list this offseason. After being knocked out in the first round of the playoffs by the Knicks, Philadelphia may decide to go star-hunting, allowing Melton to walk in free agency and opening the door for the Knicks to swoop in.

According to Bleacher Report, the Knicks are projected to have the $12.9 million non-taxpayer mid-level exception, which could be enough to sign Melton in free agency.

The Knicks will continue to survey their options this offseason in an effort to improve upon a roster that won 50 regular season games last season. It’s hard for the Knicks to truly go wrong with whatever direction they choose, but a smart offseason with positive additions can turn the Knicks into title frontrunners next season.

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