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Report: Knicks still interested in free agent Christian Wood

The Pistons PF had a breakout season in 2019-20 and could be up for an offer sheet from New York this offseason.

Christian Wood of the Detroit Pistons in action against Taj Gibson of the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on March 08, 2020 in New York City. The Knicks defeated the Pistons 96-84.  Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

The New York Knicks remain interested in Detroit Pistons UFA PF Christian Wood this offseason, SNY’s Ian Begley reported Friday. The Knicks had been “enamored” with Wood during the season once he got his shot in the lineup with Blake Griffin sidelined for Detroit. The Knicks were interested in dealing for Wood before the Trade Deadline this past season, per the report.

The Pistons moved Andre Drummond before the deadline to the Cavaliers. As a result — plus the injury to Griffin — Wood was thrust into the spotlight for the Pistons. He excelled, averaging 13.1 points and 6.3 rebounds over 62 games (12 starts). Wood also shot 56.7 percent from the field and had an effective FG% of 62 percent. At 25 years old, Wood is a bit too late to be considered a prospect. He’s more of a late bloomer if anything. It took him a bit to find a home, jumping to a few teams before settling with Detroit.

The Knicks have a crowded frontcourt but that may not be the case once the offseason begins. Julius Randle has one more year left on his deal, and both Bobby Portis and Taj Gibson have team options. New York likely won’t pick up either option and will clear the cap space to make a run at high-profile free agents in the summer of 2021. If the Knicks feel Wood has the potential to blossom into a starter, they may make a run at signing Wood to a short-term deal so he can prove himself first.