According to the Associated Press, the New York Knicks have signed Chris Duhon. It’s thought that Duhon received a 2 year deal worth the full mid level exemption (about $5.8M per year.) The Knicks started out with an offer of about half that much, until the Magic offered Duhon an $11M deal for 3 years. New York then increased its offer in order to sign the former Bulls guard.
Duhon has a good defensive reputation, but on offense he has a limited game. He averaged 6.4 assists per 36 minutes, which combined with his 1.7 turnovers/36 shows him to be good in terms of holding onto the ball and setting his teammates up. However Duhon is a limited scorer (9.3pts/36) who doesn’t get to the free throw line often (1.9fta/36). His shooting percentages aren’t impressive either (.508 ts%, .465 efg%).
Duhon probably chose New York over Orlando not only for the extra cash, but the possibility of starting. Rumors are that the Knicks are likely to buy out Stephon Marbury instead of letting him play out his last season. Marbury wore his welcome out last year (as was reported that the team voted to suspended him for a game) and it’s likely that no matter what Stephon does, he won’t be with the team next year. Knicks’ GM Donnie Walsh has repeatedly said that his aim to get under the cap by 2010, and even if Stephon becomes a model player on the court and a model teammate off the court, the Knicks aren’t likely to resign him for cap purposes.