The Knicks need another small forward.
Chris Copeland is a free agent and could join the Pacers soon. Steve Novak was included in the original Andrea Bargnani trade, and Quentin Richardson was added to the revised version. James White was nearly waived during the season, and he’s probably headed to China. Iman Shumpert might play more shooting guard with Jason Kidd retired. And Carmelo Anthony plays plenty of power forward.
According to an NBA source, the Knicks are pursuing Rockets free agent small forward Francisco Garcia and former Knick Matt Barnes.
The source said the 6-foot-7 Garcia, who was born in the Dominican Republic but grew up in The Bronx, has interest in joining the Knicks.
Garcia is coming off a nice playoff series with the Rockets, averaging 10.7 points per game and making 17-of-37 3-pointers (45.9 percent). But he’s 31, so his suitors will be limited. He could be the type of veteran who fits with the Knicks.
Barnes averaged a career-high 10.3 points per game with the Clippers last season and bested that with 11.8 points per game, a personal postseason high, in the playoffs. But at 33, he faces the same concern as Garcia. Teams not ready to contend won’t really have a place for him.
Either player would be a decent addition to the Knicks, who seem intent on being as good as possible in the short term – regardless of the cost or long-term sacrifices.