Knicks Roster Coming Together

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The New York Knicks’ roster is starting to fill out nicely.

A day after the Knicks officially obtained five-time All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire, the team announced the acquisition of Anthony Randolph, Ronny Turiaf and Kelenna Azubuike from Golden State in a sign-and-trade deal for David Lee on Friday. The Knicks’ roster, including the three drafted rookies, now stands at 12.

“This trade gives us an outstanding young frontcourt talent in Anthony, and along with Kelenna and Ronny, we feel they will all be key contributors to our team,” Knicks president Donnie Walsh said.

Just two days ago, there were only five players under guaranteed contracts for next season, including Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Toney Douglas and Eddy Curry. Last week, the Knicks picked up the team option to retain Bill Walker, who impressed the Knicks after coming over at the trade deadline.

The Knicks’ three-for-one deal with the Warriors was the second major step in building a contending team this summer. Phase one occurred when the Knicks reached an agreement with Stoudemire Monday and officially acquired the unrestricted free agent via sign-and-trade with the Phoenix Suns on Friday.

Stoudemire, a perennial All-Star who helped lead the Suns to the Western Conference Finals last season, was considered one of the elite free agents entering the offseason.

“We’ve taken a big step with Amar’e,” Knicks head coach Mike D’Antoni said at Stoudemire’s press conference on Thursday. “We’ll take another big step, whether that’s today, whether that’s tomorrow or whether that’s six months from now. Everything now is going to be about winning. Before, it was about clearing space.”

It sounds like the Knicks are not done making moves, either. Speaking to the media while introducing Stoudemire, D’Antoni said the Knicks will continue to add players who can help the team win a championship in the near future. He wants players who are ready to take on the challenge of playing in New York City.

“I do know that New York probably isn’t for everybody because it’s a big stage,” D’Antoni said. “You have to show guts and grits and you have to come every day to work. And Amar’e will do that. I’m sure we’ll have other guys following him and we’ll see who else steps up to the challenge.”

One of those players might be unrestricted free agent Raymond Felton, who could be the ideal point guard to play with Stoudemire. Walsh confirmed Friday night that the Knicks are interested in Felton, but nothing is past the negotiating phase right now. Felton has career averages 13.3 points and 6.4 assists.

“We talked to him. We feel like we’re close,” Walsh said. “We have no contract right now. Until we get a contract, in my world it’s not done.”

The Knicks began the offseason by drafting sharpshooting guard Andy Rautins and athletic forward Landry Fields in the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft. On draft night, it was reported that New York had acquired the rights to Jerome Jordan from Milwaukee for cash consideration. The deal became official on Thursday.

The three rookies will make their Knicks debut during the NBA Summer League next week in Las Vegas.

Randolph will likely join the Knicks in Vegas but it’s unlikely he’ll play in any games. Turiaf is currently in Africa, while Azubuike is recovering from a knee injury, although he’s expected to be ready for training camp. us @thenyknicksText 'JOIN' to 564257