Stein reports that West is a “serious name” on the Knicks’ board of potential free agents.
Sources also tell Stein that the Knicks will target LaMarcus Aldridge, DeMarre Carroll and Greg Monroe in free agency. The Knicks, along with several other teams, will meet with Monroe, league sources confirmed.
West has declined his $12.6 million player option with the Indiana Pacers for 2015-16. It is unclear at this point what kind of salary West will seek in free agency, but the Knicks will have at least $26 million to spend this offseason.
The 11-year veteran averaged 11.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game for Indiana last season.
West's per-game scoring was its lowest since his second season in the league, but he started all 66 of the games he played in.
If the Knicks inked West and asked him to start at power forward, it could allow 19-year-old rookie Kristaps Porzingis to come off the bench in his first NBA season. That could make for an easier transition into the NBA for Porzingis, whom the Knicks selected with the fourth pick in the NBA draft.
West also is known as a strong presence in the locker room. Team president Phil Jackson has mentioned the need for veteran leadership on the Knicks’ roster. West could presumably fill a void there.
Signing West would also presumably force Carmelo Anthony to play small forward. For what it’s worth, the Knicks have had more success with Anthony at power forward than at small forward in recent seasons.
Last season, New York outscored opponents by 5.7 points per 48 minutes when Anthony played power forward, per 82games.com. Conversely, the Knicks were outscored by 7.2 points per 48 minutes with Anthony at small forward in 2014-15.
On the Monroe front, the specific date of the Knicks’ meeting with the Pistons' big man is unclear at this point. Monroe is believed to be high on the Knicks’ list of free agents they would like to pursue. Pistons president and head coach Stan Van Gundy has said it is unlikely that Monroe returns to Detroit.
The Knicks’ interest in Carroll and Aldridge makes sense, though they will have significant competition from rival teams for both players.
Monroe's meeting with the Knicks was first reported by Bleacher report.