Sunday, June 26th, 2011 at 11:47 am  |  45 responses

Report: Knicks Targeting Kwame Brown

It’s no secret: The Knicks need some serious help up front. According to the NY Post, they’re looking to offer one-year deals to a couple of big men, including former No. 1 Draft pick Kwame Brown: “The Knicks do not need a new president as much as they need a new starting center. With the lockout looming Friday and with outgoing president Donnie Walsh leaving the same day, the Knicks’ restocking of their roster from the Carmelo Anthony trade will be on indefinite hold. Free agency normally begins July 1, but the impending lockout could last most of the summer and the Knicks’ void in the middle will remain. … According to an NBA source, the Knicks are planning on only offering one-year deals this summer to free agents. That will take them out of the pool of prominent free-agent centers, including Samuel Dalembert. Certainly the more marquee players, such as Mavericks champion pivot Tyson Chandler, the Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol and Clippers young stud DeAndre Jordan are out of the question. … Kwame Brown is on their radar after having a serviceable season with Charlotte (7.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 51.7 percent shooting). Michael Jordan’s former No. 1 draft bust is 6-11, 270 pounds and though he has hands of stone, he can defend, rebound and block shots — the only Knicks requirements. There are other free-agent centers who could be had for one-year deals that will pique the Knicks’ interest — Tony Battie, ex-Knick veteran Kurt Thomas, who filled in solidly in spots with the Bulls, Joel Pryzbilla, Aaron Gray and ancient Theo Ratliff.”

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  • LLC#12

    I can imagine someone having to dig up Theo Ratliff at the start of the season…he just seems that old! Also, it’s a sad day for a franchise when your target in free agency is Kwame Brown…

  • d

    Wow, Theo Ratliff is still in the league? That’s awesome.

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  • MikeC.

    On a 1 or 2 year deal for low money, this doesn’t sound awful as long as he can stay out of Amare’s way on O and foul hard on D.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    your desperate!

  • al29

    No need to “target” Kwame Brown. You’re the only team that wants him.

  • John Vallone

    Kwame impressed me last season, it seems like he finally found his game. Yeah, he is no superstar by any means but it seems like he is pretty good at protecting the paint so I would not mind if we got him but I’d rather get Dalembert.

  • T-Money

    Kwame was sort of my plan B for Miami if Dalembert doesn’t bite. I wish I was joking.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    If you forget that Kwame was a 1st overall pick, he’s a serviceable C, and would certainly be a good fit with the Knicks as a defensive anchor, given how much scoring they have already.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    A defensive anchor who averaged 0.6 blocks in 26 minutes………………………….

  • http://www.listerblister.blogspot.com rainman10

    Max, you have to understand NBA defenses. A frontcourt of Kwame and Amare would mean Amare would continue to be the help/weakside defender, and Kwame would defend the best big man 1 on 1. Both play an important role on defense, Amare gets more blocks, but Kwame may get more stops. It’s not all about the blocks and numbers.

  • 3dsoul

    A dominant big man is more important than a dominant PG. I’d rather see the knicks invest in the front court. Go back every year in recent memory and find me an NBA champion team that didnt have dominant low block play. Even Tyson Chandler was the player that pushed Dallas over the top. You might try to J-Kidd but it was the addition of Chandler that got them that ring. Last heat championship – Shaq
    Lakers had shaq too, and the PG was fisher.

    Go back and look, every champ has that Big man… You could say Boston didnt (perkins) and you may be right, but what Boston did have was a big-4 (yep 4, Rondo, Allen, Garnett, and Pierce) not a big three, so that makes up for it. Still Perkins did a hell of a job too.

    The Big man is the most important, and hardest to find position. The investment should go there, not to the PG. If you can have a big-4 at the cost of having dominance in the paint, fine go for it but if you’re looking for a big 3, you need the BIg man. Miami has bosh and though they didnt win the ring, they DID make it to the finals.

  • 3dsoul

    I’m not saying Kwame is a dominant force, dont get me wrong. I’m saying spend money on the best front players available. Get D’andre Jordan, get gasol, get Nene, someone of that Caliber, THEN the knicks will compete in the East (with boston and Miami) The PG is not going to get them there. Sorry.


    defensive stud and Kwame don’t belong in the same sentence. Joel Anthony averaged 1.3 b on 23 min of action a night

  • O

    NOW we can use Dikembe, but he was like 10 years too early.


    Getting Kwame Brown would be a good frontcourt addition for the Knicks. He’s still got potential to be as good as Big Ben Wallace. Bring back Kurt Thomas too.

  • rich

    they should go out and get aaron gray he actually understands the concept of catch and finish and can do all of the things that this ny post writer thinks kwame could do like rebound defend block shots….in division 2 womens basketball

  • Lyger-Shark

    Kwame Brown is a start, but that’s about it.

  • jerome jordan and harrellson

    Jj and jorts along with Turiaf and Kwame will give us a solid front court with STAT.


  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Knicks fans..
    If Kwame would go to the Heat, yall would be saying he sucks a$$, wich he does..

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA……. boy, Kwame Brown is freakin’ awful


    Look as long as the dude can block, defend and rebound…It’s a good look…The Knicks doesnt need him too score…That’s what Melo and STAT’s job is…They just need a big body to clog up the lanes, that’s all…Still would rather it be T. Chandler, M. Gasol or even Dalembert, but Kwame Brown would just have to do…



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  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    I’m speaking from personal experience of watching him stink up the court while on the sh*t sandwich of a team Kobe played with from late ’04-07. Dude was terrible.

  • MikeC.

    Why does everyone think that teams should be loaded with all stars and big names? NY already has the stars and offensive punch. Knicks top guys (Amare, Melo and Billups) can hang with any rotation in the league. Depth and role players are what NY needs now. Knicks just need some serviceable bigs who can give Amare a breather. The best and deepest teams win, not the ones that have a couple big names and no bench. NY got bounced in the first round because the Celtics were deeper and more experienced at every position. NY is working on rounding out the rest of the team, and for low money and short years, Kwame isn’t a bad place to start. He stunk with the Lakers because he was being asked to do what he couldn’t. They needed him to be a 2nd or 3rd offensive option and that ain’t him. He’s a banger and a boarder. If that’s all NY needs from him, then it works. If they need him to score and be an offensive cog, then Lord help the Knicks.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Bring Kurt Thomas back to the Apple! He played great for the Bulls this past season when Noah went out, and it’s a shame they gave him little burn in the post-season. He’s an excellent defender who knows the game well.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ 3dsoul: I agree about the importance of big men, but the importance is somewhat dwindling–the Bulls didn’t have a dominant big man once Horace Grant left, and they still three-peated. And I wouldn’t exactly call Horace “dominant”, as good as he was.

  • jerome jordan and harrellson

    Jerome Jordan, Josh Harrellson, Turiaf, Amare, and Brown

    Finally some bodies w/ size!

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    Kurt Thomas is older than the “ancient” Theo Ratliff. Just saying.

  • RunNGun

    Kwame Brown? This is sheer madness w/o Walsh.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Someone tell me that IAMDUMB4EVER didn’t just compare Kwame Brown to Ben “4-time DPOY” Wallace. Oh lawd…..

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  • NolanSmith

    Kwame has small hands!!!!

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  • Riggs

    ghostface pryzbilla would be great for the knicks, but it depends on how is health is and if he is still as slow as i saw him last. Dalembert would also be a great addition but he is too whiny and isnt as consistent on both sides of the court as they would like.

  • Riggs

    Kwame brown is just a tight ball spun of wackness.

  • Mike From Spain

    Targetting him? The Knicks want to shoot him? cruel cruel Knicks…

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    What “what” said.
    Kurt Thomas is the oldest player in the league now. He just doesn’t play like it.

  • MikeC.

    @Riggs – Dalembert wants to touch the ball on offense too. Knicks don’t need him breaking off plays to shoot 17-footers.

  • papi1emc

    Let’s keep i real folks, Ratliff may not mae the team but if he does, he’s a prove body at the position to take fouls at least. Kwame is probably going to play back up but if not he’ the big piece we need in the middle to free up Amare. The man is Samuel Dalembert, the Knicks got scores out the ass, they need garbage men to handle bisness, hit men to put in on the pretty finess dudes who want to come up in the hole a score point, Kurt Thomas no how to do his thing, ala OAKLEY, ya heard! Bulk up the squad Knicks but get Dalembert and Brown and bring Thomas back to get his ring where he belongs, GO KNICKS!

  • Tyrone

    If Kwame was a late 1st rd or 2nd rd pick, nobody would be talking about how he sucks. He’s not great, but he’s not the worst player in the league. He’s actually serviceable….after all Joel Anthony started for the Heat and he’s better than Joel. I would like the move…we need ppl that bang.

  • Mikey

    Well he is big, we don’t need him to score we got Amare and Melo , even Billups for that… He’ll grab boards get some blocks and fouls. Take pressure off of Amare… Don’t blame Kwame for not being a star, blame Michael jordan for drafting him #1. lol Kwame Brown Does his job and thats all that matters to me.

  • Pete

    We need big guys to defend the paint, use all their fouls on Wade, LBJ, Howard, Garnett. I miss the old days, when Knicks played defence with Oakley, Spreewell, LJ, Starks, Jackson etc. That was nasty defence :-)

  • PrimosNYKs

    Gray & Brown would probably work best since the staff is determined to utilize 1 year contracts. Pryzbilla is a decent Center but is also injury prone and has quick sand legs.

    Jerome Jordan along with either of the two above would work well in the rotation. We have Turiaf, Williams & STAT already. It doesn’t take Donnie Walsh to figure this thing out.

    Oh yeah, we need a defensive head coach because D’Antoni will not relinquish his reign to an assistant coach.