According to Jared Zwerling of ESPN, the New York Knicks are preparing to make an offer to free agent PF Elton Brand. The terms of the offer are not yet clear, but most likely Brand will receive an offer somewhere around the Veterans minimun of $1.2 million for the 2013-2014 season.
Brand, a native of Cortlandt Manor, N.Y., is coming off of a good season with the Dallas Mavericks in which he averaged 7.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 21 minutes per game.
According to sources, the Knicks have been pursuing Brand since NBA free agency opened at 12:01 am EST on Monday morning. Based on the limited flexibility the Knicks front office is faced with Brand represents one of the best big men available for post scoring and rebounding, something this current Knicks team desperatley needs.
If the Knicks can finalize a deal with the veteran PF, Brand would come off the bench for Mike Woodson’s club, and provide some extra toughness and rebounding. Although nothing is official, most believe that if Brand joins the Knicks it would be the end for Kenyon Martin in New York.
A league source told ESPN’s Jared Zwerling on Tuesday that ”Both PG Nate Robinson and SF Matt Barnes have also notified the Knicks of their interest.”