Knicks might be watching Charlotte Bobcats point guard D.J. Augustin
Any point guard who plays for Larry Brown will ultimately clash with
the head coach (See: Stephon Marbury). But those who understand there
is a method to Brown’s madness can accomplish great things .
Charlotte’s D.J. Augustin is currently struggling with Brown’s Play The Right Way edict, which could be a good thing for the Knicks. Augustin remains a player of interest for the Knicks, who, according to a team source, had extensive talks last season with the Bobcats regarding a deal for the second-year guard out of Texas.
"He was part of a bigger deal," the source said. "But I know the Knicks like him very much."
Knicks president Donnie Walsh declined to discuss his level of interest in Augustin, although it is no secret that Walsh and Brown, friends for many years, talk regularly. According to a source, Brown is open to trading Augustin but has been overruled by Michael Jordan.
"He hasn’t defended like he needs to defend," Brown said recently. "He hasn’t made shots. He hasn’t distributed the ball."
Brown was saying some of those same things four years ago about Nate Robinson, who is now buried on Mike D’Antoni’s bench. A Robinson-for-Augustin deal is unlikely because the salaries don’t match and because Robinson would have to agree to the deal.
Either way, Robinson’s days in New York are numbered. He and Chris Duhon will become free agents on July 1 and Robinson certainly won’t be re-signed. The Knicks will eventually be in the market for a point guard and Augustin, despite being undersized, is on their radar.
The Knicks, who have won four straight and are in Charlotte Tuesday, have had trouble containing Augustin. He’s averaging 15.2 points in five games against the Knicks, including 15 two months ago when the Bobcats beat the Knicks in overtime.