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Report: Knicks among teams interested in free agent Tony Wroten

Cleveland Cavaliers v Philadelphia 76ers

Cleveland Cavaliers v Philadelphia 76ers

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The Philadelphia 76ers waived Tony Wroten and made him a free agent so that they could sign Ish Smith (I don’t care if it’s Mike D’Antoni’s idea, it was a good one, he’s an upgrade for them).

Wroten is an athletic player who has worked hard on his game and improved, but remains a guy who struggles to knock down his shot — he is shooting 33.8 percent this season.

That doesn’t mean teams are not interested — including the Knicks. From Ian Begley of ESPN.

The Knicks are among several teams who’ve looked into the possibility of signing free agent guard Tony Wroten, league sources familiar with the team’s thinking say. The Knicks’ level of interest in Wroten, who was released by Philadelphia earlier this month, is unclear at this point. But sources say that the club has expressed interest in obtaining a guard via trade or free-agent signing in recent days. They have also been monitoring D League players as potential additions, sources say.

The Knicks have a roster spot open — just 14 players are under contract, so they don’t need to make a move to bring in Wroten or anyone else.

The Knicks start Jose Calderon at the one and bring promising rookie Jerian Grant off the bench, but they could use more steady play at the one.

We’ll see if Wroten is the guy to do that; they may be better off with someone out of the D-League that could grow with them. But expect someone to snatch up Wroten soon.