The Knicks officially announced the re-signing of J.R. Smith this morning, and GM Glen Grunwald also joined New York media on a conference call to discuss the team's moves so far, and moves yet to be made. Here are the highlights, courtesy of a handful of Knicks reporters (all links go to Twitter):
- Grunwald indicated that the team would like to add another point guard and some frontcourt depth to the roster.
- Kenyon Martin is receiving "full consideration" from the Knicks as they weigh their options for bigs. Jared Zwerling of ESPNNewYork.com hears that New York is the frontrunner for Martin, though things are fairly quiet on that front at the moment.
- The Knicks may head into training camp with a couple roster spots available, to allow for the possibility that the next Chris Copeland will emerge and earn a spot.
- Grunwald expects the 2016 first-rounder included in the Andrea Bargnani trade to be a late pick, which made it worthwhile to include it, in his view. Grunwald also said he believes Bargnani and Amar'e Stoudemire can play together and create matchup problems for rival teams. The duo may produce offensively, but I'd have to think those teams would love to see a Stoudemire/Bargnani frontline on the other end of the floor.
- The Knicks are biding their time in the hopes that potentially productive players will continue to be released as rival teams reshape their roster.