Lee Frustrated, Duhon Open-Minded About Knicks’ Current Situation


It’s no secret that the Knicks are frantically trying to revamp their team. Luckily for them, Jay Cutler isn’t their point guard.

Names like Ramon Sessions, Carlos Boozer and Grant Hill have been in the Knicks’ rumor mill all summer long, as the team looks to patch together a franchise decimated during the Isiah Thomas era. With GM Donnie Walsh continuing his search for the missing parts outside the organization, re-signing New York’s veterans has been put on the backburner, and Knicks free agents David Lee and Nate Robinson remain unsigned.

"It's been a little frustrating, but my agent came up a couple of weeks ago, and we had a meeting with Donnie Walsh and Mike D'Antoni and found out where we were, and the purpose behind what's going on, and it kind of all makes sense to me now," Lee told lohud.com. "We agreed on what I thought I was worth, so it's not a money issue. What it comes down to is they need their flexibility for the 2010 summer. Whether they can get LeBron [James] or not, they need to have the flexibility to make a run at a guy like that. And that's completely understandable from my standpoint. We're going to continue to work on a few sign-and-trade possibilities. Otherwise, we'll continue to work on a one-year deal."

Signing a guard like Sessions or even Jason Kidd would mean Chris Duhon would be demoted to a more limited role off the New York bench. But if it means more W’s in the win column, the former Duke Blue Devil is all for it.

"If we get a guy like Sessions in, it's only going to make our team better," Duhon told Newsday.com. "That was my thought process throughout the whole time. If we get a guy like Jason Kidd, we're going to be better. If we get a guy like Grant Hill, we're going to be better. Andre Miller, we're going to be better.

"I've always been a team player. It's never been about me as a player. It's always been about the team. Whoever we bring here that makes us better, gives us a chance to win, bring 'em in."

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