The Knicks are interested in signing Rockets free agent small forward Francisco Garcia and former-Knick Matt Barnes, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.
Garcia, who did not renew his option for the Rockets, averaged 10.7 points in the playoffs last season. He has interest in joining the Knicks.
Barnes averaged 10.3 points per game and had a .462 field goal percentage in the 2012-13 season.
Garcia, a Bronx native, is an interesting candidate because he is a defensive first player that can play on the wing and shoot the three when needed.
He is a better version of Jared Jeffries who has also been rumored to maybe come back to the Knicks after being in the sign and trade for Felton last year.
Barnes, an ex-Knick, before bursting onto the scene with the Lakers and then the Clippers is also a guy known mainly for his defense. He also can shoot the three and as noted above shot 46% a year ago.
If you can shoot the three and play good defense, the Knicks will definitely be interested in you as a free agent.
The roster as it currently sits has really only one good defender in Shumpert and with the very real possibility of Kenyon Martin leaving, they could use a guy who can guard small or power forwards like Barnes or Garcia.
I do think that neither guy will want to take the veteran’s minimum so it might be hard to sign them. The way that might change is if they don’t get any offers worth taking and decide playing for the Knicks on the vets minimum is the best way to go.