Fans and media alike will tell you that the Knicks' acquisition of Andrea Bargnani was a direct response to the rival Nets' acquisition of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and company.
Making a correlation between such moves isn't so easy. But perhaps when the Knicks watched the Nets sign Andrei Kirilenko last week, they did so while knowing a similar opportunity of their own was also within reach.
After approximately a week of speculation, Metta World Peace will in fact come home to the Big Apple. After meeting with Knicks officials in Las Vegas, such a meeting can now be suggested as simply a time and place to come together in order to sign a contract. Using the rest of their Mini-MLE, New York signed World Peace to a two year contract worth $3.2 million, according to Yahoo! Sports.
The union of the two sides is surely to be an interesting one. But perhaps if it's not Los Angeles, then New York City is the perfect place for a player of World Peace's talent, caliber, stature, and personality. His antics off the court will prove to be a feeding frenzy for the Big Apple media, while his intense and physical defensive antics on it are sure to please Coach Mike Woodson and co.
As the acquisitions of World Peace, Bargnani, and even first round draft pick Tim Hardaway Jr. have suggested, the Knicks aren't all too concerned with filling voids with regard to specific position. Instead, the front office has made an effort to simply reel in as much talent as possible (specifically versatile talent at that), with the hope that Woodson and his staff can mix things every now and then, effectively finding an array of different ways to catch opponents off guard depending on the matchup.
After the way the postseason ended for the Knicks, it'll be interesting to see if Woodson can capitalize and reap the benefits of the talented new additions the team has brought in.