Knicks Interested in D.J. Augustin?

by December 15, 2009

There’s chatter in New York that the Knicks may be discussing some kind of deal with Charlotte about its young point guard: “Charlotte’s D.J. Augustin is currently struggling with Brown’s Play The Right Way edict, which could be a good thing for the Knicks. Augustin remains a player of interest for the Knicks, who, according to a team source, had extensive talks last season with the Bobcats regarding a deal for the second-year guard out of Texas. ‘He was part of a bigger deal,’ the source said. ‘But I know the Knicks like him very much.’ Knicks president Donnie Walsh declined to discuss his level of interest in Augustin, although it is no secret that Walsh and Brown, friends for many years, talk regularly. According to a source, Brown is open to trading Augustin but has been overruled by Michael Jordan. ‘He hasn’t defended like he needs to defend,’ Brown said recently. ‘He hasn’t made shots. He hasn’t distributed the ball.’ Brown was saying some of those same things four years ago about Nate Robinson, who is now buried on Mike D’Antoni’s bench. A Robinson-for-Augustin deal is unlikely because the salaries don’t match and because Robinson would have to agree to the deal.”