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Source: Knicks are targeting Baron Davis

Because the free-agent class of starting point guards is subpar, a source told ESPNNewYork.com that the Knicks are in the hunt to land an amnestied starting one, and they expect to get Baron Davis.

But the Cavaliers may not want to let him go so easily. According to ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst, "the Cavs are not sure they want to amnesty Davis. They still believe he has value to the team and think he could potentially become a strong trade asset later this season or next summer. The Cavs, sources said, were also turned off by the thought of Davis being paid by them but ultimately ending up in Miami helping LeBron James compete for a title."

Coincidentally, Davis' agent, Todd Ramasar, also represents Knicks 2010 draft pick Jerome Jordan. Ramasar told my colleague Ian Begley that Davis would definitely come to New York if the opportunity presented itself.

While Davis is not a proven winner and has battled several injuries in his career, he would be a quicker (and younger) replacement for Chauncey Billups -- something Mike D'Antoni would appreciate in order to execute his run-and-gun system. Also, Davis is a crafty ball-handler and passer, a necessity in a pick-and-roll offense, and he has good aim from beyond the arc with a career 32.1 3-point percentage.

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