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Report: New York would like Kurt Thomas back

Posted on: July 5, 2011 11:28 am
Edited on: July 5, 2011 8:19 pm
Posted by Matt Moore

The Knicks need centers. So, so badly. The original idea wasn't bad. Ronnie Turiaf, acquired in the David Lee sign-and-trade, could have worked out. And even if he didn't, they had Timofey Mozgov. In a coin-flip at least one of them would work as a legitimate opion at center. But Turiaf is best suited as a reserve, and Mozgov got traded as the "barn" in the farm James Dolan sent for Melo. So they need centers. And according to the New York Daily News, their target is heavy on the familiar side.  
According to a team source, the Knicks intend to make a run at reacquiring Thomas this summer, or whenever the expected NBA lockout ends. The veteran power forward is a free agent who spent last season with the Chicago Bulls and has made it clear that he wants to play at least one more season.

Thomas will likely decide between the Knicks and Bulls, although he remains hopeful that his hometown Dallas Mavericks will reach out to him as well. Thomas attended all three NBA Finals games in Dallas.
via New York Knicks plan to make effort at reacquiring veteran Kurt Thomas, the NBAs oldest player.

Thomas was a productive member of the Bulls last season, and even started several games with Joakim Noah out. As an option for the Knicks, he works on several levels. A veteran defensive presence, he has familiarity with Mike D'Antoni after two years with him from '05 to '07, and he'll come on the cheap. The downside, of course, is that he's going to be 39 next season. 

Thirty. Nine.

So yeah, he's only going to be a stop-gap and there's no way of knowing when his final bit of ability is going to fade. But he's still a viable center option. With the Bulls able to groom Omer Asik into a larger role, and the Mavericks full-up on bigs, New York might be the best fit. He won't fix their defensive problems, but he won't hurt them, either.

Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: July 5, 2011 7:15 pm

Report: New York would like Kurt Thomas back

When I hear statements like the Knicks are going after another aged player with fading skills, I'm reminded of the Isaih Thomas years.  Just say no please, think long term, spend the money on a younger player with promise, or a veteran who will give us three/four years of service before fading.

The names that come to mind are Nene, Gasol, and Howard, try to get Timofey Mozgov back, anyone but an aged vet with fading skills.  I just hope that management remembers that Kurt is 39 with a suspect knee.  I'm convinced that Kurt could be a valuable backup but not someone we count on to start at the center position for 72 games.   

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 5, 2011 4:38 pm

Report: New York would like Kurt Thomas back

I'm not sold that Gasol is a good fit for the Knicks.  Although i love Stat,  I'd love to see a trade Howard for Stat straight up.  It'd probably be the best deal Orlando could find

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: July 5, 2011 4:11 pm

Report: New York would like Kurt Thomas back

Do the Knicks have any chance in going after Marc Gasol this off season? He is a big guy who can play. Not sure if Memphis will give him decent money after spending on Zach Randolph.

Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: July 5, 2011 3:02 pm

Report: New York would like Kurt Thomas back

Yes depth and nothing more, knowing D'antoni he'd probably over use him though.

Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: July 5, 2011 2:14 pm

Report: New York would like Kurt Thomas back

Kurt once led the NCAA in scoring and rebounding in the same season.

Since: Jun 9, 2011
Posted on: July 5, 2011 1:51 pm

Report: New York would like Kurt Thomas back

He should give the Knicks some solid depth.

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