There are members of the Knicks front office who are reportedly in love with Christian Wood, a 6-foot and 10-foot striker who was having a breakout season with the Detroit Pistons before the coronavirus pandemic ended everything.
The interesting thing about Wood is that his unconventional path to becoming a wanted player puts him on the free agent market at just 24 years old. After going out of service in 2015, he went to the NBA, signing ten-day contracts and playing in the G-League.
He finally had the opportunity in Detroit this season, playing in 62 games and gaining starting minutes once he swapped Andre Drummond.
In the last ten games of the 2019-20 season, he looked like a star, at least in a bad team, scoring 24.2 points per game with shooting at 57.8%, while knocking down 9.8 rebounds and blocking 1.1 shots. While the Knicks are looking for a big man who can stretch the floor, Wood shoots 38.6% from the center in over two three attempts per game.
It will be interesting to see what Wood commands as an unrestricted free agent, given the small size of the success, but the young age. He could prove to be a nice addition for New York as someone who arrives in the free agency with his best days ahead of them instead of in the rearview mirror.