Former NBA scout thinks free agent Gordon Hayward would 'fit in great' with Knicks, but is also wary

Danny Abriano
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Gordon Hayward prepares to launch a shot
Gordon Hayward prepares to launch a shot

During Friday's NBA free agency special on The Putback (watch above), Michael Vandegarde, a former NBA scout and college coach, now involved in CoachTube -- a virtual platform for basketball clinics and many other sports -- joined the show to talk about potential Knicks fits.

Among the potential fits discussed were Gordon Hayward and Jeff Teague.

Regarding Hayward, whom Begley reported Friday has drawn interest from the Knicks, Vandegarde said he would be a fit in New York.

"He's probably still got some talent that we haven't seen since he joined Boston, Vandegarde said. "He had that injury. First year back in Boston he only averaged about 11 points a game and only played about 25 minutes a game. And then this last year he finally started showing what he really can do back like when he was in Utah.... I still think he's still got a little more in him than he even showed in Boston. 

"So I think he could fit with the Knicks and be one of their primary guys. And obviously the Knicks need shooting as much as any team in the league. And I think he would fit in great."

But Vandegarde was wary of a potential long-term deal for Hayward, which could prevent the Knicks from having much cap space remaining.

"If he's gonna be around for three or four years, that just eats up your cap space," he said. "And I think the Knicks are star-hunting like crazy and I'm not sure Gordon Hayward is a star for them."

When it comes to potential fits for the Knicks at point guard, Vandegarde was high on Teague.

"I think that should be a huge target for them. When he was in Minnesota, (Tom Thibodeau) traded for him he obviously like him at that time. So I would think Tom Thibodeau has some interest there. So I think that's a top of the line target."