veteran guard Mike Bibby, re-signed forward Jared Jeffries, and inked their two draft picks Sunday, finally giving themselves enough healthy bodies to hold a normal practice.
With guard Iman Shumpert and centre Josh Harrellson signing, the Knicks' roster is at 11 players. Most of their moves were on hold while they worked to complete a three-team trade that brought Tyson Chandler from Dallas to New York on Saturday.
Bibby could replace Chauncey Billups, who the Knicks used the amnesty clause on to waive so they could afford Chandler's four-year, US$56 million contract. Bibby has averaged 15.2 points in 13 NBA seasons but struggled last season for the Miami Heat, managing only 3.6 points per game in 20 post-season starts.
For now, he's expected to come off the bench behind Toney Douglas, saying he is comfortable with those plans after agreeing to a one-year deal.
“I don't have nothing to prove. Ever since I came in people have doubted me. I'm going on my 14th year,” Bibby said. “I don't care what you guys say. I don't care what anybody says about me. I've always been like that. I'm going to go out and do whatever it takes to help the team win. If that (means) for me standing on the sideline cheering, that's what I got to do. You know, I'm here to win. I'm going to play the role that they want me to play. Whatever that is.”
The Knicks decided to sign Bibby in part because of a recommendation from new assistant coach Mike Woodson, who coached Bibby in Atlanta.
“We think he's still got some gas left in the tank,” coach Mike D'Antoni said. “Obviously, he's a very smart, good-shooting point guard and there's not many guys that can come off the bench as good as him. He'll know his role and he's looking forward to it. Then we'll see what happens.”