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Source: NYK 'aggressive' in pursuit of Baron

According to Ric Bucher, the Knicks have been aggressively pursuing free agent Baron Davis.

A source told Bucher that Davis is expected to decide on a new team on Monday, despite the fact that he has a serious back injury that is expected to sideline him 8-10 weeks.

Bucher writes that Davis "hopes to make his decision well before he's physically able to play so he can familiarize himself with the team's playbook and personnel and settle into his new home."

Mike D'Antoni said on Saturday that the Knicks' medical staff and front office will monitor the health of Davis' back as they weigh the pros and cons of adding the veteran point guard.

Davis cleared waivers on Friday night and is an unrestricted free agent.

D'Antoni said, despite Davis' injury, it's worth the Knicks' "exploring" the possibility of adding

him.

"I'm sure other teams are doing the same thing to evaluate [it]…. He’s a very good basketball player," the coach said.

Davis could fill a need for the Knicks.

The team has penciled in Toney Douglas as its starting point guard and Mike Bibby as a backup, but could be interested in bringing Davis on for the veteran's minimum of $1.4 million. The Knicks also have the $2.5 million room exception to lure Davis, since it wasn't used on Jamal Crawford or Shawne Williams.

According to a source close to Davis, he would welcome the opportunity to play in New York.

"Baron loves New York," the source said. "He's a big-city guy."

D'Antoni said he'd hope that Davis would be interested in joining the Knicks.

"We've got a pretty intriguing team," the coach said.

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