In their quest to surround their threesome of Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire, and Chauncey Billups with enough talent to make a title run, the New York Knicks have contacted the agent for Caron Butler. The Knicks are among six teams who contacted Butler, a list that includes the Nets, Clippers, Bulls, Heat and Spurs. Butler averaged 15 ppg, while shooting 43% from the three point line, for the NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks.
The 6'7" Butler could come off the bench for New York, or possibly slide down to the two guard position if the Knicks need to play with a bigger lineup. Butler is outstanding defensively out on the perimeter, but could use some improvement on the defensive glass. He is also outstanding defensively in transition, something that the Knicks struggled with last season. While Butler's jump shot is not ideal for Mike D'Antoni's system, what he would bring defensively to the team would offset that.
As we all witnessed during the playoff series against Boston, the Knicks bench lacked a punch and struggled when Stoudemire and Anthony went to the bench. While it is unclear whether or not the Knicks are looking at Butler as the starting shooting guard, his addition will improve the bench drastically. The bench would include one of Butler or Landry Fields, rookie Iman Shumpert, Tony Douglas, Ronny Turiaf and most likely Shawn Williams. Butler made a little over $10 million last season, so one wonders if he would take a one year deal for the mid level exception. Also it is yet to be seen how a move such as signing Butler would affect the plans to add a big man.
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