The New York Knicks have an interesting offseason ahead of them in terms of roster management and preparation for next year. The coach search aside, president of basketball operations Phil Jackson has one very important task at hand: transforming a broken roster coming out of a terrible season into a competitive team.
The first aspect of it seems to be the point guard position. With very little money to spend because of the amount of contracts that are still up for the Knicks to honor, the front office needs to look for a market of competent but affordable players. On that category, there are three contenders who could be targeted in free agency and possibly land in New York City, and today I’ll take a look at Brooklyn Nets’ Shaun Livingston.
After playing around the league for many teams, he is not celebrated enough to demand for top dollar but has still shown this past season that he has what it takes to play for a playoff team. He is 6-foot-7 and demonstrated a decent enough basketball IQ and perimeter shooting abilities to be considered an ideal Phil Jackson type of guard. The kind of system basketball that Jackson wants to implement is the triangle offense, which demands constant ball and player movement. Playing for the Nets, Livingston had to be one of the most mobile players on the floor, considering his starting teammates were the likes of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, once athletic players who now at 30 plus years old resort to intelligence and positioning to perform well.
Given the Knicks will look to improve the point guard position first, Livingston will surely bring more offensive possibilities and excitement than either of the three current point guards of the team: Raymond Felton, Pablo Prigioni and Toure Murry.