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Knicks rumors: New York among teams interested in Marshall Plumlee

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The New York Knicks have been one of the quieter teams in the league this offseason concerning their roster for the upcoming campaign.

According to Ian Begley of ESPN, the Knicks are reportedly interested in bringing back second-year big man Marshall Plumlee on a new deal:

The Knicks are among several teams in touch with free agent big man Marshall Plumlee, per league sources. New York waived Plumlee last month to create cap space to sign shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr., whom they inked to a $71 million deal. Coach Jeff Hornacek said at the time that he hoped to have the chance to re-sign Plumlee, who expects to make a decision on his next team shortly. The Knicks have several big men in their rotation and it’s unclear if there would be a roster/rotation spot for Plumlee, who impressed coaches with his development and work ethic over the past two seasons.

New York had decided to part ways with Plumlee in order to help generate more salary cap space to allow them to sign Tim Hardaway Jr. to a four-year, $71 million offer sheet that the Atlanta Hawks chose not to match.

The 25-year-old was not selected out of Duke in the 2016 NBA Draft where he latched on with the Knicks following the Summer League. Marshall averaged 1.9 points on 53.3 percent shooting with 2.4 rebounds in 21 games played this past season. He also had multiple stints with the organization’s G-League affiliate, Westchester Knicks, throughout the year.

If the Knicks were to bring back Plumlee, it would likely be on a short-term deal given the current state of the roster.