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As the Knicks played their final home game of the season yesterday here are some next steps to consider…In Part B, I will cover the David Lee issue and other possible free agents.

Next season the Knicks have Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Toney Douglas under contract. Eddy Curry has a $11 million dollar option he will exercise. Bill Walker and J.R. Giddens have team options while Sergio Rodriguez has a qualifying offer. This being said the Knicks roster looks very thin going into the off-season.

1) Sign Marcus Camby: Camby has expressed interest in returning to New York and Donnie Walsh is expected to pursue him this summer. The Knicks need to add a long and athletic big to the front-line which makes the former Knick very appealing. Despite his injury concerns he is very productive when healthy. He is averaging 11.8 rebounds (2nd in the NBA) and 2 blocks (4th in the NBA). His 30-point, 13 rebound effort against the Thunder yesterday shows he is not slowing down even at the age of 36.

2) Target players that can contribute in the NBA Draft: This is easier said than done but Toney Douglas has shown flashes when he has received playing time. The rookie has averaged 12 points, 3.2 assists, 1.6 threes, 1.1 steals over the past 26 games. New York purchased the Lakers first round pick last year to draft Douglas. This is a good way to get back into the first round this year if Walsh sees a player he likes.

The Knicks will have 2 second-round picks in the 2010 NBA Draft. One of them was acquired from Denver in the Renaldo Balkman trade. Last year several players slipped into the second round that have made an impact this season: DeJuan Blair (37th overall), Jonas Jerebko (39), Marcus Thornton (43), Chase Budinger (44), and A.J. Price (52)

It is very early in the draft process and things can change but here are some players I would target:

Larry Sanders (VCU): Sanders has entered the draft skipping his senior season and plans to hire an agent. He is 6’11” with a 7-7 wingspan and is a two-time defensive player of the year in the CAA. Sanders averaged 14.4 points (53.4% from the field), 9.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks for the Rams last season.

Jarvis Vanardo (Miss St): The senior was named SEC defensive player of the year for the third straight year (2008, 2009, 2010). His 564 blocked shots is the most of all time and he is the only Division 1  player to record 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 blocks. Despite being 6’9″  he is a tremendous athlete and has a 7’4″ wingspan.

Greivis Vasquez (Maryland): Vasquez averaged a career-best 19.6 points and 6.3 assists in his senior season. The 6’6″ guard was named to the second-team All-American team. The Caracas born player also averaged 4.6 rebounds and 2 threes a game which shows versatility. His size, shooting touch and ability to get to the rim would be essential for the new Knicks back court.

Honorable mention: Darington Hobson (New Mexico)

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