The New York Knicks are reportedly interested in signing Minnesota Timberwolves swingman Shabazz Muhammad.While finalizing a Carmelo Anthony trade and getting a veteran point guard are top priorities for the New York Knicks at the moment, free agent Shabazz Muhammad has their attention.
Despite having just $1.5 million in cap room, the Knicks continue to pursue names on the free agent market.
According to Marc J. Spears of ESPN’s The Undefeated, the Knicks have an interest in Minnesota Timberwolves swingman Shabazz Muhammad.
Free agent forward Shabazz Muhammad is receiving interest from the Hawks, Nets, Bucks and Knicks, a source says.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) July 13, 2017
Minnesota had no use for Muhammad after bringing in Jimmy Butler and they renounced his rights, making him an unrestricted free agent. This makes him far easier for the Knicks to acquire.
Competing with teams like the Hawks and Nets, however, won’t be easy. They both have significant cap room remaining.
Muhammad’s play is generated by his high-flying, powerful arsenal. While a streaky shooter and an inconsistent defender, Muhammad has showcased his ability to be a spark plug off the bench.
To have enough cap space to ink Muhammad though, the Knicks will have to remove some money. They could go forth with doing so by dealing away shooting guard Courtney Lee and by taking back smaller salaries in a potential Melo trade.
For his career, Muhammad has averaged 9.7 points per game on 47.6% shooting.