Five of the Knicks' free agent targets for the 2015 offseason.
The worst-kept secret in the NBA this season was that Pistons big man Greg Monroe was high on the Knicks' wish list and that the feeling is mutual. They may just have to agree on a number that doesn't hurt the Knicks' spending ability this free agency and next.
They have to make their pitch, even though the Spurs, Mavs and Lakers are said to be ahead of the Knicks if/when LaMarcus Aldridge leaves Portland. Similarly, the Knicks will reach out to Marc Gasol, who most expect to stay in Memphis or sign with San Antonio.
The Knicks need a strong locker room presence, tough player, and someone who can help mentor first-round pick Kristaps Porzingis. David West could be that guy at the right price. But the consummate pro is 34 and could opt to join a contender.
WESLEY MATTHEWS JR.
Wesley Matthews Jr. is a risk after rupturing his Achilles last season, but he is said to be ahead of schedule and could be ready for training camp. The Blazers' guard is a good three-point shooter and reliable scorer, but the Knicks shouldn't overpay.
Arron Afflalo played with Carmelo Anthony in Denver where current Knicks executive Mark Warkentien worked in the basketball department. Afflalo can play and defend both wing positions, making him attractive and valuable in the triangle offense.