The New York Knicks recently got their guy after they selected hometown hero Obi Toppin with the eighth overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. However, the team still has gaping holes primarily in the guard positions which they are looking to fill in free agency with several players already in consideration.
According to Ian Begley of SNY, veteran guards Jeff Teague and D.J. Augustin remain to be options for the Knicks heading into the upcoming season. Teague is coming off from his second stint with the Atlanta Hawks after he was previously involved in a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves along with Treveon Graham in exchange for Allen Crabbe back in January of 2020.
He was eventually placed in an off the bench role behind starting point guard Trae Young and tallied 7.7 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 4.0 assists in 25 games played for the Hawks. On the other hand, Augustin, since Begley’s report, has signed a three-year deal with the Milwaukee Bucks following four years as a mainstay on the Orlando Magic.
His numbers dipped from the previous year and recorded 10.5 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game through 57 appearances in the 2019-20 season.
The Knicks currently have rising fourth-year players Frank Ntilikina and Dennis Smith Jr. remaining at the helm for the point guard spot after waiving Elfrid Payton ahead of free agency.
Memphis Grizzlies guard De’Anthony Melton and Toronto Raptors breakout star Fred VanVleet were on the team’s radar, but both re-signed with their respective clubs.
Hopefully, the Knicks’ new decision-makers will be able to manufacture the right trades in free agency in order to position themselves to have better chances of winning moving forward.