Knicks target Garcia and Barnes

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

With Steve Novak traded and Chris Copeland likely to leave via free agency the New York Knicks are going to need a backup small forward. Two of their primary targets right now are former Knick Matt Barnes and Francisco Garcia. Both are veteran forwards who can score, play some defense and wouldn’t cost too much money, which is good because the Knicks don’t have much of it too spend.

According to an NBA source, the Knicks are pursuing Rockets free agent small forward Francisco Garcia and former Knick Matt Barnes. The Knicks traded small forward Steve Novak in the Bargnani deal and are not confident they can re-sign forward Chris Copeland.

The source said the 6-foot-7 Garcia, who was born in the Dominican Republic but grew up in The Bronx, has interest in joining the Knicks. He averaged 10.7 points in the playoffs for the Rockets, who didn’t renew his option. (New York Post)

If the Knicks truly have a choice between the two I hope they go with Garcia. While I hate the Knicks live or die by the three strategy, Garcia would fit in nicely. He went 17 for 37 behind the arc last year which means he shot 45.9% of his three point attempts. On top of that he can also play some defense which is an area this team is still lacking in.

Barnes performed well last season for the Los Angeles Clippers averaging a career high 10.3 points per game. He even raised that number in the playoffs to 11.8 points per game. He could be a viable scoring option off the bench but I’d rather go with Garcia who fits the teams philosophy better.

Neither player will cost the Knicks much, just their $3.19 mid-level exception. The team will have to decide though what’s more valuable adding a point guard or a small forward. If they choose small forward then one of these two will probably get the exception.

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