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.”