Marc Berman of the New York Post had an interesting note at the bottom of this article he wrote about Pablo Prigioni returning to the Knicks.
The Knicks still want to sign a third point guard and Sebastian Telfair, for the vet minimum, is in their crosshairs.
The Lincoln High School alum and cousin of Stephon Marbury could thrive at the Garden, in his ninth season. He played 59 games last season for Phoenix and Toronto.
“He certainly would consider the Knicks strongly,’’ agent Andy Miller said.
The Knicks also have contacted reps for Earl Watson, Will Bynum, Aaron Brooks and Devin Harris.
Telfair was selected 13th overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2004 NBA Draft and has played for the Blazers, the Timberwolves twice, the Clippers, the Cavaliers and Suns before going to the Raptors at the deadline this past season.
He has averaged 7.4 points, 3.5 assists and 1.6 rebounds per game over the course of his career. He only averaged 5.6 points and 2.6 assists per game last year.
With Prigioni and Felton slated in the point guard rotation next season, the Knicks have been rumored to want to add another younger piece to back them up.
Telfair’s story is one of a guy who had all the hype coming out of high school but never reached what most considered his potential while in the NBA.
I personally would rather have the Knicks take a flier on Aaron Brooks or Earl Watson before looking at Telfair because they have shown in the past they can be solid players off the bench.
Telfair would be a great story since he is Marbury’s cousin and is a high school legend in the city. The one thing he does have going for him, which is noted above, is that he may take the Veteran’s minimum.
The Knicks have those and about 1.7 million left over from the mini mid-level exception.
I’m sure Telfair could help the Knicks at the point, but I don’t think he should be their first option either.