The Knicks can’t offer a lot of money, but they can offer a potentially bigger role on the team.
The Knicks have spoken to Elton Brand and are expected to make him a contract offer, tweets Jared Zwerling of ESPNNewYork.com. The mutual interest was confirmed by Howard Beck at the New York Times, although he says nothing is imminent (a deal couldn’t be signed until July 10, anyway).
Still, the Dallas Mavericks are considered the favorite to re-sign Brand. He played 21 minutes a game for them, averaging 7.2 points and 6 rebounds a game.
West grew up in New York, so there are ties there. Also, with the Knicks front court rotation after Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler is a bit unsettled — Amar’e Stoudemire will be back but on a minutes limit, likely not playing back-to-backs — and then there is Andrea Bargnani, who will be hanging at the three point line. There are minutes to be had for Brand, who was solid if not spectacular last season.
The Dallas roster situation is a lot more fluid, it hinges on the mood and decision making of Dwight Howard.
The issue is money — the most the Knicks could offer is the taxpayer’s mid-level exception of $3.2 million. Brand wisely sounds like he is going to be patient and see what other offers come in before making his decision.