The New York Knicks have interest in reuniting with guard Chris Duhon, according to Yahoo! Sports.
Duhon now joins fellow guards Bobby Brown and Beno Udrih as reported targets of the Knicks, a team in search for depth at the point guard position.
In 46 games with the Los Angeles Lakers last season, Duhon averaged 2.9 points and assists, albeit in about 18 minutes per game. He did manage to shoot 38 percent from the floor.
From 2008-2009 as a member of the Knicks, Duhon averaged career-highs in points and assists, including the 2008 season (11.1 points per game and 7.2 assists per game).
According to the report, the Philadelphia 76ers are also interested in the soon-to-be 31-year-old veteran guard.
The Knicks worked out Brown on Wednesday, according to ESPN New York, which marked the second time the team watched him play. Aug. 15 remains the deadline for Brown to sign with an NBA club.
Still, though, the team has its sights sets on Udrih, though a deal seems unlikely considering the veteran would likely command a contract greater than the Knicks can afford. Udrih made about $7.3 million with the Orlando Magic last season, but the Knicks are trying to convince him to accept the veteran’s minimum.
According to reports, the Knicks will not sign a guard until they receive a verdict from Udrih. And at this point, the pecking order appears to be Udrih, Brown, then Duhon.
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Harris DeckerWith all of this talk about depth at point guard, it is important to remember that whoever signs, be it Duhon, Udrih or Brown, they will likely be scraping minutes from the bottom of Mike Woodson’s barrel. The Knicks operated with 2 point guards last year, with Jason Kidd playing most of his minutes at the 2. That same system will likely exist this season in a reverse order. Instead of one of the backup point guards playing shooting guard (Kidd in ’12-’13), one of the shooting guards will play some point guard (Shumpert in ’13-’14), opening up a few minutes for Tim Hardaway Jr. That being said, this is an important signing from a depth perspective. Personally, I like Brown’s explosive potential but any of these guys will serve the role for the Knicks.