At point guard next season, the Knicks have promising rookie Frank Ntilikina and the just-re-signed Ron Baker. They could use a veteran presence running the show if they have dreams of fighting for one of the bottom couple of playoff seeds in the East (not likely, but not a wildly unrealistic dream considering the weakness in the bottom half of that conference).
The Knicks have considered bringing back Derrick Rose or signing Rajon Rondo, but with the Baker signing they don’t have the money for either. Man in charge Steve Mills also is looking at bigger fish such as trading for the Suns’ Eric Bledsoe, reports Marc Berman of the New York Post.
According to a source, the Knicks are among a multitude of teams that have inquired about 31-year-old Ramon Sessions, who played for the Hornets last season….
A source told The Post the Knicks inquired about Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe, whom Jeff Hornacek coached in Phoenix. Bledsoe is 27 with two years and $29 million left on his pact. The Knicks don’t have many trade chips except a future first-round pick and starting shooting guard Courtney Lee.
“Don’t have many trade chips” is a kind way of putting things. The Suns are rebuilding and Bledsoe is their best trade chip, so they will want good young players and picks back, things the Knicks just don’t have. That said, there are other teams who may be willing to deal a point guard for Lee, who could be a “3&D” wing off the bench on a quality team.
The Knicks want to focus on developing their young core — Kristaps Porzingis, Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Willy Hernangomez — but they could use a veteran to both be a mentor off the court and a guy who organizes the offense on it. They will need to find one via trade, find someone willing to sign for basically the minimum, or start Baker. Trade makes the most sense, if they can find a dance partner.