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Report: Knicks still looking to add guard, considering Jimmer Fredette

Jimmer Fredette D-League

David Dow

The first name to come up was Tony Wroten, when the Sixers waived him. Next up in the rumor mill was Brandon Jennings when he returned from injury to the Detroit Pistons.

But the Knicks are still looking for a point guard to add to the roster and are taking a look at Jimmer Fredette, reports Ian Begley of ESPN.

The degree of their interest in Wroten is unclear at this point. Detroit’s Brandon Jennings is also on the Knicks’ radar, but the club wasn’t impressed with what they saw from Jennings during Detroit’s loss to the Knicks on Tuesday, according to sources familiar with their thinking....

The Knicks also have been monitoring the D-League for potential additions. They have an open roster spot so they can add a player without making a corresponding roster move. In light of Cleanthony Early’s knee injury from Wednesday’s shooting, the Knicks may need to add someone ASAP.

Jimmer Fredette of the Westchester Knicks is one candidate. Fredette has played well for the Knicks’ D-League club (23 points, 4.5 assists, 4.3 rebounds) and Phil Jackson is a fan of Fredette’s, according to a source, but that doesn’t guarantee him a roster spot with the Knicks.

For five seasons Fredette has struggled to find a spot in the NBA (including last season with a Pelicans team desperate for better guard play). He doesn’t have great athleticism and is playmaking skills are not NBA level. However, the biggest issue was always defense — when he would enter the game teams ran sets to go right at Fredette because he couldn’t stay in front of anyone. If he buys into being a role player off the bench for the Knicks and knocks down his looks he might have value on offense for the Knicks, but can they deal with his defense?

Whomever it is, look for the Knicks to add someone sooner rather than later.