Although Caron Butler and Shawne Williams were discussed Wednesday, a person with knowledge of the situation said the Knicks are also interested in Grant Hill. Hill strongly considered an offer by the Knicks in 2009 but decided to stay with the Sun.
At 39, Grant Hill played last year like he was still in his prime. Hill averaged 13 ppg, 4 rpg and 2 apg, all while playing 30 mpg over the course of 80 games. In every game that I saw the Suns play last season, Hill proved to be a jack of all trades – defending multiple positions and doing a number of different tasks for the team.
Hill would be a great fit on the Knicks as he would be able to backup at multiple positions and would be a fantastic glue player next to Melo and STAT. Hill does not fit a dire need as a pure shooter or a starting center, but the Knicks need to add talent and they need to add winners to the mix to get to the next level. Hill would be a good start.
Speaking of centers, the Knicks are reportedly looking at Jeff Foster. I have always been a fan of Foster for his toughness and his work defending the post. Foster has great footwork on the block. Although the Knicks blocked a lot of shots last season, they were pretty soft defending the post. Foster – while he is not the same player he used to be – would help to change that.
STAT had the following to say after a game against the Pacers last season in the NY Daily News:
“He’s one of those players where he loves to try to get in you, try to get you frustrated. He commits hard fouls, tries to get you out of your game.”