The New York Knicks made some recent roster moves including re-signing three-point shooting ace Steve Novak.
“This is where he wanted to be,” said Mark Bartelstein, Novak’s agent. “He wanted to be back in New York.”
The well-traveled Novak (NBA and D-League) proved to be a surprise contributor last season for New York where he led the NBA in 3-point shooting at 47.2% and finished the season averaging 9.3 points.
The Knicks were able to keep Novak with relative ease after an arbitrator ruled that Novak, along with Lin, was entitled to his early Bird rights since the Knicks claimed him off waivers in December. The players union’s victory allowed the Knicks to have the flexibility in payroll to re-sign Novak.
This is one very underrated move by the Knicks which will prove invaluable next season.
Novak’s ability to spread the floor will help the new-look Knicks’ frontcourt of Marcus Camby, Tyson Chandler, and Amar’e Stoudemire. Novak’s three-point threat will keep the opposing defense honest having them have to respect Novak’s deft shooting touch.
Moreover, having him on the three-point line will also create space for guards Iman Shumpert, and Jeremy Lin (if he does return to New York) thus allowing them so get to the rim a bit easier with defenses keying on Novak. In other words, he is a great compliment to Lin and the Knicks’ formidable frontcourt with the addition of Camby.
However, New York did give Novak a hefty contract at $15 million over four years. That is one huge contract for a one-dimensional player.