Report: Knicks are eyeing 3 guards as potential free agent targets

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Having added multiple guards in the 2021 NBA draft, the New York Knicks are trying to establish a base of potential starters for the upcoming season. Landing Quentin Grimes out of Houston provides a solid 3-and-D player who can make an impact immediately, but guaranteeing him a starting spot might be overzealous.

With $50+ million in free agency to spend, the Knicks will be active this August, signing new players and adding talent to a roster that is preparing to lose several impact players.

The team is targeting shooting guards and point guards, being connected to three different players who could contribute.

“The Knicks are mentioned by league sources as a team that has expressed interest in [Evan] Fournier, while New York has also been linked to Lakers guards Dennis Schroder and Talen Horton-Tucker,” according to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report.

Taking a look at the three targets listed for the Knicks:

1.) Evan Fournier

Evan Fournier is coming off a season where he featured on the Orlando Magic and Boston Celtics. He’s able to play small forward and shooting guard, similar to Reggie Bullock, in case the Knicks lose him to free agency. The Los Angeles Lakers reportedly have an interest in Bullock’s services. Fournier, alternatively, averaged 17.1 points, 3.4 assists, and shot 46% from the field this past season. From three, he connected on 41% of his shots over 6.7 attempts, a solid clip that would provide plenty of value to a Knicks team that is focusing on three-point shooting.

His versatility to play multiple spots at guard and forward is a major positive, but depending on the former first-round picks asking price, it could be more affordable to retain Bullock instead. Fournier is coming off a five-year, $85 million deal, earning $17 million per season. He could earn a similar amount over the next few years, which is a major pay increase compared to what Bullock was earning last season.

2.) Dennis Schroder

One point guard, the Knicks, could be interested in is Dennis Schroder. The German could find his way back to the Lakers, but his asking price is quite high. Apparently, he is seeking a $100 million contract in free agency, based on his production, that number is quite lofty. He averaged 15.4 points, 5.8 assists and shot 43% from the field last year. His lackluster 33% from range doesn’t exactly scream efficiency and scoring production, and having elite players like Anthony Davis and LeBron James can mask deficiencies. In addition, the team just traded for Russell Westbrook, so Schroder is as good as gone.

If I’m the Knicks’ front office, I’m staying away from Schroder and his ridiculous asking price, as there are better options on the market.

3.) Talen Horton-Tucker

Another player who has been connected is Talen Horton-Tucker, who is preparing to turn 21 years old entering his third season of the NBA. Playing in 65 games last year, he averaged 9.0 points, 2.8 assists, and shot 46% from the field. As a primary shooting guard, he is solid driving to the basket and plays good defense, which is exactly what Tom Thibodeau is was looking for.

Horton-Tucker is a restricted free agent, so the Lakers have the final say in extending him a qualifying offer or letting an alternative club present an offer sheet. Unless the Knicks are willing to provide a sufficient deal, the Lakers can easily extend him on his qualifying offer. In that scenario, he would earn $1.8 million, a price point the Knicks can overcome. With the right coaching and scenario, Horton-Tucker could see his perimeter shooting improve, which is his primary weakness entering year three in the NBA.

Knicks News, 7/16: Kevin Knox’s future is clear-cut, avoid Dennis Schroder

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The New York Knicks likely have a shortlist of point guards they will target this off-season, especially with the market flush with talent. Until players like Chris Paul decide on their player options and alternative clubs present big offer sheets to restricted free agents, we won’t know entirely where the Knicks stand in their pursuit of a point guard, but there are a few options that should be left off the list.

This week, a connection between New York and Los Angeles Lakers point guard Dennis Schroder was presented, but it seems as if the Knicks have their name involved with every available PG on the market. Creating a sense of urgency and confusion, this will hopefully provide them with leverage during negotiations.

Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report stated that the Knicks could be interested in Schroder, but what a mistake that would be:

“League sources expect Chicago and New York to emerge as Schroder suitors, and both could be conducted via sign-and-trade—although Knicks certainly have the cap space to sign him outright. New York will likely have north of $50 million to spend this summer.”

Schroder is seeking a massive deal worth $20+ million per season, and while he is an adequate point guard, statistics do not justify his demands. Schroder is about to turn 28 years old, averaging 15.4 points, 5.8 assists, and shot 43.7% from the field last year, detailing a player that’s commanding far more than his worth. Having been with three teams over the past four seasons, Dennis has proved to be a consistent player via health, but his production has leveled off, and his potential might’ve hit its max.

If the Knicks are looking to overpay for a player that won’t blow them away and really elevate the team, Dennis is their guy, but there are so many other options that could present more value at a lower price point. Even trading for Collin Sexton might be a more efficient move, given his scoring production and $6.3 million salary hit for next season.

The Knicks are going to have to utilize Kevin Knox and his value this off-season:

Every year that Knox spends sitting on the bench is another year the Knicks missed out on trading him away. His minutes per game has quickly fallen to a minimum since his inception into the NBA three years ago. He averaged just 3.9 points over 11 minutes last season, and if New York is still unwilling to part ways with Knox, they are simply hurting themselves. He has one year remaining on his deal at $5.8 million before his qualifying offer kicks in, which will be avoided like the plague.

In fact, most teams may not even see him worthy of earning $5.8 million, to begin with, so it will be tough to package him in a deal and expect value in return. However, at 21 years old, there is still potential to unearth, and another team might see a strategy to unlocking it. One way or another, we will see how good President Leon Rose is with his negotiating skills.

Report: Knicks could be entering Dennis Schroder sweepstakes, but at what cost?

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The New York Knicks have $60+ million available in cap space to operate with this upcoming off-season, and while they have the luxury of targeting some of the best players on the market, they could settle and look to add quality at various positions instead of a bonafide star at just one.

The Knicks have been linked to a variety of players, but the latest report indicates that they could be intrigued by Lakers point guard Dennis Schroder. Schroder is coming off a four-year, $70 million deal, starting with the Atlanta Hawks, making his way to Oklahoma, and finishing with LA this past season.

Schroder is an adequate player with several strengths, but the Knicks have the monetary flexibility to target a player like Chris Paul on the open market instead of a middling option like Schroder. Nonetheless, the German-born player averaged 15.4 points, 5.8 assists, and shot .437 from the field this past season. Starting in 61 games, the idea is that Schroder might have his best days ahead of him, and the Knicks might be able to capitalize on his youth at 27 years old.

The Lakers are interested in bringing back Dennis, but his desire was to best on himself this season and increase his price tag. He turned down a lucrative extension during the 2020–21 season but considering his lackluster performance during the postseason, his valuation might have dropped, which only benefits teams like New York for looking for a new PG.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic:

“They have Dennis Schroder, that’s going to be their biggest free agent piece that they have. Either you bring him back or you use him in a sign and trade. I expect the Lakers to be open to either possibility. Those are open for discussion. You’ll have multiple teams, I’m told, involved in the Dennis Schroder sweepstakes. I’ll look at the Bulls, I’ll look at the Knicks, I’ll look at the Raptors, so that’s still a very fluid situation.”

Schroder is a decent player who has never averaged 20+ points per game over seven seasons. While he does have plenty of experience to back up his strengths, his defense is average, and his shot from beyond the arc is spotty. He averaged .335 from three-point over 3.5 attempts this past season, an inadequate number that teams will undoubtedly weigh when looking at him in FA.

Of course, the Knicks could go in an entirely different direction, but if they choose to spread out their funds and grab a few quality pieces to complement Julius Randle and their current players, Schroder could be a consideration.

Should the Knicks consider PG Dennis Schroder as an option in free agency?

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The New York Knicks will be connected to various point guards this off-season, as big names have already been bubbling to the surface, including Damian Lillard and Chris Paul. Of course, a few under-the-radar options will also have a shot at signing with New York, including players like Kendrick Nunn and Lonzo Ball. You could make the argument that Ball is more of a high-profile signing, and the Knicks were connected to him at the trade deadline this past regular season.

However, one alternative could fit the bill for a New York team in search of a long-term solution at PG. Dennis Schroder, formally of the Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Atlanta Hawks, could be a suitable option for the next few years.

Schroder, who is 27, averaged 15.4 points, 5.8 assists, and shot .437 from the field this past season. He hit on .335 of his shots from three-point, over 3.5 attempts per game. While he could use a bit more efficiency in that category, he averaged a career-high 1.1 steals per game in 2021.

A few months ago, the Knicks were intrigued by Schroder at the trade deadline, as SNY’s Ian Begley reported that the Lakers’ point guard is “among the players on New York’s radar as the club looks ahead to free agency.”

The Knicks alternatively went out and acquired Derrick Rose to fill the void at one of their weakest positions, and Rose played admirably off the bench, laying it all on the line during the postseason as one of their marquee contributors. While Schroder might not blow you away with any of his statistical outputs, he has unmeasurable heart and grit, offering quickness off the dribble and solid defense. He’s a competitor, and the Knicks love players who work hard every single night. It is clear that the Lakers would prefer to keep Dennis around for the long term, but he seems prepared to reject their offer and sign a more lucrative deal with a different club.

While the Knicks might not be ready to offer him upwards of $20 million per season based on his output, if he ends up being one of the last options available, they might not have a choice. The Knicks should be active early in free agency to acquire a star PG, otherwise, they might be stuck overpaying for a player who hasn’t proven elite play over a larger sample size.

Report: Knicks likely to pursue Lakers’ Dennis Schroder in free agency

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It is no secret that the New York Knicks desperately need a starting point guard to solve a position of weakness. Currently, the team has Elfrid Payton and Derrick Rose rotating, and while they could keep Rose as a veteran option for the 2021-22 season, it is best to be thinking long-term at this point in time. It is clear that they need a solution for the future, which is why they were close to acquiring Lonzo Ball from the New Orleans Pelicans at the trade deadline before opting to remain with their current team and added draft capital instead.

However, according to Ian Begley of SNY, the Knicks are planning to pursue Lakers point guard Dennis Schroder. With the team expected to have as much as $70 million to utilize over the summer to acquire a free agent, they have plenty of money to land a player like Schroder who can offer immediate offense of production and solid defense. The 27-year-old is coming off a four-year, $70 million deal with the Atlanta Hawks before being traded to Oklahoma and then Los Angeles.

Schroder is among the players on New York’s radar as the club looks ahead to free agency, SNY has learned.

Schroder currently counts $16 million against the salary for the Lakers, but it seems as if the two sides are having trouble reaching an agreement on a contract extension, and while things could materialize in the future, it is believed that Schroder will test free agency, which will give the Knicks a fantastic opportunity to land his services.

This season, Schroder is averaging 15.3 points over 31.7 minutes on average, hitting on .432% of his shots from the field and .338 from downtown. He is an adequate shooter with upside, also posting efficient percentages from the free-throw line with a .484 success rate.

His best season to date came in 2018, when he averaged 19.4 points, before seeing an uptick in efficiency from three-point range. I believe he would be a solid add for the Knicks, with his ability to spread the ball around the floor and drive to the rim. His slim frame allows him to work his way against pick and rolls adequately, and with an influx of guards after the drafting of Immanuel Quickley, the Knicks need an established PG to take over for the future.