The New York Knicks are expected to make their first move in free agency by signing former Chicago Bulls’ big man Joakim Noah to a big deal. Next up for the Knicks, they will look to address their back-court and upgrade the shooting guard position. Courtney Lee is one name that has come up in rumors, but there is another player that is beginning to gain traction as a legitimate target for the Knicks.
According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Knicks are interested in free agent shooting guard Eric Gordon.
Sources: Free agent guard Eric Gordon has emerged as Knicks' top perimeter target. Sides starting to discuss parameters of a possible deal.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 1, 2016
Gordon is an interesting target to say the least, especially due to the injury concerns that come with him. He has had problems staying on-the-court throughout his career and that is a problem that the Knicks do not need to be dealing with in the next few years if they want to get back into playoff contention.
Last season with the New Orleans Pelicans, Gordon ended up playing in just 45 regular season games. He averaged 15.2 points, 2.7 assists and 2.2 rebounds per game. Gordon shot 41.8 percent from the field overall and knocked down 38.4 percent of his three-point attempts.
At just 27-years-old, there is still hope that Gordon can turn his career around and shake the injury bug that has followed him. New York would be getting a great scoring option and perimeter shooter if he was able to stay healthy.
Phil Jackson is making it clear that he wants to get back into the playoffs in the near future. He went out and made the trade to acquire Derrick Rose from the Bulls and held onto Carmelo Anthony.
Adding pieces like Noah and Gordon would further prove that he wants to get back into contention immediately.