The New York Knicks made more than just a trade and free agency signings that yielded them Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee. It was the under the radar move that snagged them Brandon Jennings may prove to be the best free agent signing of the offseason.
Here is why I say the best signing this offseason. Make no mistakes, the Warriors getting Kevin Durant and the Spurs getting Pau Gasol were huge but if they were to go down then those teams pretty much have what that had last season. But the Knicks upgraded just in case. Rose is good but he has a history of injuries to put next to his name. If Rose were to go down their insurance policy can run the team and quite frankly they may be better off.
We know what Rose can do but we also know what he can’t do. Rose is the no-no -sense former MVP but this is not Chicago. This is New York, the city that never sleeps, bright lights and a fan base that’s ready to embrace a winner. Jennings may not have guided a team to a NBA Finals, let alone a Conference Finals but he will provide the team and city plenty of WOW moments.[embedit snippet=”2″]
Jennings plays with passion, not the Kobe passion but he plays with his heart on his sleeve. Madison Square Garden has been awaiting a player like this for some time now. A showman, someone they can embrace as a game changer to get the crowd on their feet. Have you seen his handles? While many talk of Curry’s dribbling abilities, they may want to take a closer look at Jennings.
Jennings is not the best shooter but when it comes to getting to the rim he is one of the best. He also will provide the Knicks with the ability to go small ball and not worry about a drop-off in production while doing so. Rose, Jennings, Lee, Anthony and Porzingis will be a deadly combination and give defenses fits coach decides to play that lineup a few minutes.
Rose was a good snag but the addition of Jennings will bring that excitement back to the Garden.