NBA Rumors: Knicks are Trying to Prove Age is Just a Number

By A.J. Speier

With superstars such as Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler leading the New York Knicks, making the playoffs isn’t out of the question.

However, the Knicks proved in the first round of the playoffs last season that they needed to add more depth if they were going to be serious contenders for a championship. The Miami Heat defeated the Knicks in five games.

This offseason the Knicks have added proven veterans in Jason Kidd, Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas to go along with Steve Novak and J.R. Smith. Age could catch up with the Knicks though since Kidd is 39 years old, Camby is 38 years old and Thomas will be turning 40 years old on October 4.

The Knicks have also reportedly been in talks with the second oldest player in the NBA, Grant Hill, who will be 40 years old as of October 5. Hill is also rumored to be considering the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Hill’s potential addition would provide a wealth of playoff experience, but it would be a questionable decision considering his age and the fact that the Knicks just resigned their backup small forward Novak to a four-year, $15 million contract.

Health is also a big issue with Hill, who has had a history of injuries. In fact, he just had the platelet-enrichment procedure which is experimental, but was also performed on Kobe Bryant in Germany.

Hill would have to settle for a backup role though since the Knicks already have Carmelo Anthony and last season was Hill’s worst season in his 17-year NBA career. He averaged 10.2 points 3.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists in a career-low 28.1 minutes-per-game.

If Hill does end up signing with the Knicks, it’ll be to provide a quality locker room presence with his work ethic as he tries to help the Knicks win a championship.

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