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2016 NBA Free Agency: 10 Under-The-Radar Players The New York Knicks Should Target

Via, Mark Lennihan, AP
Via, Mark Lennihan, AP

Let Kevin Durant and Mike Conley have the headlines, the New York Knicks should chase after these 10 names in free agency.

By Chip Murphy

Role players are the backbone of every championship team, and while the New York Knicks hit the jackpot with Robin Lopez, they need more pieces to support Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis.

The Knicks are always attached to the big names, no matter what the interest truly is on either side.

When free agency rolls around this summer the two names you will hear the most are Kevin Durant and Mike Conley, although it would be a miracle if either ended up in New York.

The Knicks chances of acquiring Durant and Conley are slim, and they should target the lesser known free agents.

Just because these players aren’t household names doesn’t mean they can’t help a team. Look at how much J.J. Redick has done for the Los Angeles Clippers, Jae Crowder for the Boston Celtics, and Ed Davis for the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Knicks should kick the tires on all 10 of these under-the-radar free agents because if they really want to be contenders, they will need to add young talent and proven veterans.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for EliteSportsNY.com. I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: chip.murphy@elitesportsny.com Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.