Tyson Chandler finally has a backup. The Knicks signed Center Cole Aldrich to a non-guaranteed deal on Tuesday, meaning that they have 19 people in training camp (the max is 20). Aldrich was drafted 11th overall in 2010, but has battled knee problems throughout his career. Aldrich is a good rebounder, a good shot blocker, and a decent scorer. He boasts fantastic per-36 minute stats of 9 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game (2, 2.3, and 0.5 in 8 minutes). Aldrich is certainly a nice addition, and will be a good backup for Chandler… if he can stay healthy
The Miami Heat made a strong push for Toure Murry, but the D-League Stud and Summer League Standout will be joining the New York Knicks in training camp in an attempt to win a roster spot. Murry looked very good in Vegas, and has produced throughout his career (at the lower levels), but has an uphill battle ahead of him as the Knicks already have several guards under contract. One person Murry will be competing with is Chris Smith, who signed with the Knicks on a non-guaranteed contract with a training camp invite this week. Murry also has to compete with free agent guards such as Rip Hamilton (who the Knicks might have interest in). And of course, Murry also needs to compete with bigger players, because the Knicks only have one roster spot left and definitely need more depth in the frontcourt. It’s always nice to keep somebody away from the Heat, and Murry has promise, but whether he makes the team remains to be seen
Veteran SG Richard “Rip” Hamilton is still a free agent, and it appears that the Knicks might be interested. Hamilton brings veteran leadership and a championship pedigree to the table, and his skill set, although diminished, would still provide a boost to the roster. However, the Knicks already have a ton of guards on the roster, so unless this is insurance for J.R. Smith’s knee, I don’t know how necessary it is to sign Hamilton. It seems more logical to give the final roster spot to a big man, but stay tuned. -Tommy Rothman
The Knicks gave Point Guard Chris Smith a training camp invite (which is essentially a non-guaranteed contract) and will take a look at the younger brother of their star sixth man J.R. Smith in October. Chris Smith was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Louisville before last season, but was cut after suffering a knee injury before the season started. Now, Chris has another chance.
Coach Woodson still has 2 starting spots open, after saying Wednesday that Felton, Melo, and Chandler are the only players with starting jobs locked up.
The Knicks plan to let Carmelo Anthony pick his teammates when the team has cap space in 2015, if Melo opts into his contract after this season. Melo will have a few stars on the market to pick from, including Rajon Rondo.
Andrea Bargnani has pneumonia, and may not play for his national team this summer.
League sources are confirming that the Knicks have agreed to a one-year deal with Point Guard Beno Udrih for the veteran’s minimum. Udrih had been the Knicks top target for the past couple weeks, but the team viewed him as an unlikely acquisition due to the fact that other teams had more money to offer for his services. However, it appears that Udrih has agreed to take less money to come to New York. Udrih will be the 3rd point guard on the depth chart, but should see a solid amount of minutes if the Knicks continue to employ the 2-PG sets they so often turned to last season. Udrih is a veteran who can shoot the ball and pass very well; this seems like a great addition for the Knicks, who now have 1 more roster spot to fill.