The New York Knicks are trying to turn things around to compete next season, but they still have some work to do in order to get back on the level of playoff contenders. Phil Jackson has been very busy this offseason, but he appears already interested in making moves in the 2015 offseason.
According to a report from Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Knicks could be interested in signing free agent center Andrew Bynum.
“If he’s healthy, Phil will be interested,’’ Bynum’s agent David Lee told The Post. “Phil knew how to tap into Andrew. They got along famously.’’
Bynum, the Jersey product who was a young stud center for two of Jackson’s Lakers title teams, would undergo the procedure as a means to extend his career.
“He would be looking at in a longer-term situation,’’ Lee said. “He’s still a baby. If he went to college, he’d be coming off his rookie contract at age 26.’’
Bynum was a huge disappointment with both the Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers this past season, and doesn’t have much basketball left in his knees. It would make sense for the Knicks to at least give him a chance if he looks healthy, especially because of the connection between Jackson and Bynum. That being said, this move is just as likely not to happen.
Last season with both the Cavaliers and Pacers, Bynum played in a total of 26 regular season games. He averaged 8.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game, and looked very solid in the two appearances that he had with Indiana. Unfortunately, he simply hasn’t been able to stay healthy over the past couple of seasons, and was unable to help the Pacers during the playoffs.
Overall, this will be an interesting situation to keep an eye on next offseason. The Knicks are already interested in him, and you can be sure that Jackson will have conversations with Bynum throughout the course of this season. He would be a huge help to the New York front-court if he’s able to play another season, but that is a huge question mark at this point in time.