By adding the likes of Metta World Peace, Jeremy Tyler, and Beno Udrih over the last few weeks, the Knicks not only reeled in a bevy of talent, but also bolstered their depth even more.
This offseason, Glen Grunwald and company have worked feverishly to simply stockpile intriguing and/or talented players. It's up to Coach Mike Woodson and his staff to explore the different possibilities and figure out which versatile lineups work best against the Knicks' opponents.
With the most recent signing of Udrih, New York currently has fourteen players under contract. Of those fourteen, both Tyler and CJ Leslie have only been awarded partially guaranteed contracts. That would leave the Knicks with one remaining open roster spot, with the possibility of two more opening up as well, should the team ultimately decide to cut the two young guns.
But as this past season proved, the Knicks could benefit from an injection of youth and a promising piece or two to potentially hold on to and develop a bit for the future. Not a team with many draft selections from year to year, it would make sense for New York to hold on to both Tyler and Leslie in lieu of that.
Even so, the team is reportedly still keeping an open mind to bringing others into training camp and/or signing another player, according to reports. My man Jared Zwerling asserts that the Knicks are interested in Lou Amundson this summer, as they were all throughout last season before adding Kenyon Martin.
Having "too much" depth can never be considered a bad thing, especially for the ever so injury prone Knickerbockers. That said, it may be worth standing pat with regard to the roster at this point. There's a ton of upside and plenty of benefits to be had with regard to potentially seeing things through with Tyler and Leslie. Adding other veterans right now may cloud the possibility of doing so.
As noted, there are fourteen players with at least some type of guarantee currently on the roster. Perhaps it's better to leave that fifteenth spot open in favor of the different acquisitions that could be made immediately entering, following, and/or during training camp. You never know if another team will end up waiving someone who could stand to be an interesting option for New York come time for camp.
Should the Knicks add a player like Amundson or a similar veteran player, that would put the pressure on them to let go of a player like Tyler or Leslie, should another intriguing player come along in the coming weeks. It's simply better to hold off on such things to maintain a little more flexibility.