The New York Knicks are looking to acquire another forward before they’re done with this offseason, and two names have come up in the last couple of days.
According to a report from Chuck Myron of Hoops Rumors, the Knicks are targeting either Chris Copeland or Jason Thompson in trade talks to fill that spot. Both players are likely available, with the Pacers and Kings looking to clear some money and also not having either player firmly in the future plans.
“I would imagine the Knicks would like someone who could serve as a backup to Carmelo Anthony at either forward position. Someone like Chris Copeland actually makes sense, although the Pacers are trying to clear salary, too. I could also see them getting involved with the Kings and perhaps taking on Jason Thompson if Phil and Derek Fisher want to go with more big lineups.”
Copeland would make a lot of sense for the Knicks, especially because he was a fan favorite two years ago when he began his NBA career in New York. There is no denying the fact that he would fit nicely into the system that the Knicks will likely run with Derek Fisher as the head coach, and the fans would welcome him back with open arms. Thompson would be a much better option if New York is looking to play in the post.
Thompson played in all 82 regular season games with the Kings last season, starting in 61 of those appearances. He ended the season averaging 7.1 points and 6.4 rebounds, and prove that he has the potential to be a very strong piece off of the bench for a contender. The Kings simply don’t have a use for him with DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay crowding the front-court.
The Pacers played Copeland in just 41 regular season games after signing him to help them with perimeter shooting. He ended up averaging just 3.7 points and 0.8 rebounds, but is very capable of being a role player for a contender. Indiana simply didn’t know how to use him with Frank Vogel not having any type of fluent offense, and his shooting ability completely went to waste.
Overall, either of those two players would be solid options for the Knicks to acquire and they likely wouldn’t cost too much. The Pacers could have interest in someone like a Shane Larkin back in return for Copeland if the Knicks had interest, while the Kings likely wouldn’t ask for much in return either. Don’t be surprised to hear more rumors coming out about the Knicks attempting to acquire another forward prior to the start of preseason action.