After the Knicks worked out star Euroleague point guard Bobby Brown this week in Las Vegas, the team has "a lot of positive momentum" toward signing him, according to a player source.
"Talks are very good [with the Knicks]," the source said. "I would be surprised if a signing isn't being considered. It would be a great signing for them."
The source pointed out that Brown, who averaged 18.8 points and 5.3 assists this past season for Italy's Montepaschi Siena basketball club, is tied to CAA, which also works with Mike Woodson, Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith and Andrea Bargnani. But beyond his agent representation, the source said Brown would be "a very good value for the Knicks," who can only offer the 28-year-old the minimum amount.
"He's explosive and would be a great spark plug off the bench for the Knicks," the source said. "He's a scoring point guard who has a great handle. He's gotten better at passing. He over-dribbled last year at summer league, and [NBA insiders] made fun of him because he was kind of clueless with the ball. He has a tendency to try to do everything himself [on the court], but he's learned the game very well in Italy."
After going undrafted in 2007 out of Cal State Fullerton, he played in Germany and then took part in the 2008 summer league with the Hornets. His standout play there, including a game-winning shot, led the Kings to sign him to a two-year contract, but then he was traded to the Timberwolves in 2009. From 2009-10, he played for the Hornets and Clippers, leaving the league in 2010 and going on to play in Poland, Greece, Germany and most recently Italy.
The Knicks are also evaluating Toure Murry, who's been their most likeable point guard during summer league, according to a player source. They value his 6-5 height, defensive abilities, scoring and playmaking ability in transition, and his improvements in running the point. The Knicks brought in Murry to see how he would handle the transition from the 2 to the 1, according to a player source. And he's been impressing them, but he still needs to work on his pick-and-roll game and decision-making.
In addition to Brown and Murry, the Knicks have worked out point guards Darius Morris and Brooklyn product Quincy Douby in Las Vegas, as well as forward Austin Daye, according to sources. Morris, 22, played for the Lakers the past two seasons, averaging 3.6 points and 1.4 assists per game. Douby last played in the NBA in 2008-09 with the Raptors, and since then he's suited up in China, Spain and Turkey. Daye played for the Pistons and Grizzlies last season, and he's averaged 5.6 points and 2.8 rebounds in his four-year career.
At this point, however, Brown appears to be the Knicks' favorite to be their third-string point guard, but they have competition for his services. About five other teams are interested, according to a player source.