Would Baron Davis be a good fit on the Knicks?
Added by Stephen Zimkouski on November 12, 2011.
The lockout is hopefully coming to an end with a feeling of almost endless negotiations weekly. As one negotiation breaks down another one is scheduled but no official agreement, we can only speculate. We do know that with a new agreement between owners and the Players Union it looks like there will be an amnesty clause. This clause quite simply allows a team to cut players without their salaries counting against their salary cap.
Players cut will still receive the money owed to them but will give many teams more cap flexibility to work with in free agency. Some of the players that will most likely be cut due to the amnesty clause include veterans Rashard Lewis, Andres Nocioni, Beno Udrih, and Baron Davis. This clause will most likely make Baron Davis available and it was recently stated that he would enjoy playing for both the Los Angeles Lakers and the New York Knicks.
Now we can ask ourselves; Does Baron Davis in a Knicks uniform make sense?
With Chauncey Billups still under contract for this upcoming season and Toney Douglas showing glimpses of his offensive arsenal in his early career, Baron Davis would be relegated to being a 7th-8th man bench player in the most likely of situations. Davis however has shown the talents of his former glory in small doses last season while playing for the Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland Cavaliers. On the court Baron Davis’ skill set makes a lot of sense for the Knicks and the Mike D’Antoni system.
Baron has the playmaking ability to run the up-tempo offense and still has the ability to score with ease at times. He’s also a big enough guard that he can play off the ball in this system, which would give coach D’Antoni more flexibility in his rotations. He’s not an all star caliber player anymore but he could still be a vital option off the bench for the Knicks, possibly helping them make a deep playoff run this upcoming season.
Baron Davis would make far more sense playing for either the Lakers or even the Heat as they have expressed interest in him because those teams would provide him with the opportunity to start. But with the Knicks in the current situation they’re in I think that it’s a sensible move to bring in Baron Davis if he’s content and willing to come off the bench.
The Knicks currently stand to have the most cap room in the 2012 offseason which puts them in good position for either Chris Paul or Deron Williams to be the likely sought after free agents for the Knicks so a possible cheap two year deal isn’t out of the question for Davis.
The Knicks this year have two key glaring weaknesses, their depth and their production at the Center position. Depth is a key to winning games and Baron Davis could give the Knicks a weapon off the bench. That is of course assuming that the Knicks would get a rejuvenated and motivated Baron Davis. If the Knicks can get the Baron Davis from the past few years he could possibly be a detriment to the team taking away minutes from developing guards Toney Douglas and Iman Shumpert (when Baron is used at the SG position).
Sometimes it’s worth the gamble to bring in talent and in this situation Baron can help the Knicks more than he could hurt them.