And while Monroe would have been more comfortable playing the five in the triangle offense than Aldridge, he instead opted to sign with the Bucks.
The Knicks responded by signing Robin Lopez to a lucrative $54 million over the next four seasons. Though he arrives with the team needing a defensive anchor down low, that doesn't mean he'll be able to take it easy on the offensive end.
Over the last two seasons, the Knicks have struggled to figure out where their offensive production comes from beyond Carmelo. Though J.R. Smith boasts the ability to score in bunches and catch hot, he was also inconsistent. Like many others last season, Smith struggled to find his way in the triangle. Even so, when Anthony found himself sidelined with an injury and Smith was shipped out of town, scoring was difficult to come by.
With Anthony returning and Arron Afflalo ready to step up as his right-hand man, New York is already off to a good start. But Lopez's presence will surely add some versatility to the group. Much like Tyson Chandler, another former Knick, Lopez is aggressive around the offensive glass and can create secondary scoring opportunities for his teammates via some tip-back rebounds. What's more, he's also component with his back to the basket, which means he can post up defenders for scoring opportunities of his own, or at the very least, draw them inside so that he can dish out the ball to teammates around the perimeter.
Because Lopez is in fact more known for his defense, it remains to be seen if he can improve even more on the other end of the floor. His potential ability to find success in the pick and roll will be imperative to opening things up.
That said, while his execution with the ball in his hands may need some work, Lopez is a savvy veteran with good instincts. He plays well off the ball, knowing full when to crash the boards, or when to lay back a bit and provide his power forward teammate with a bit of space around the basket in order to score. The likes of Anthony, Derrick Williams, and others are surely to play well off of him when slotted at the four.
It'd be nice to see Lopez step his game up offensively as the Knicks search for that necessary third option when the season begins. That said, even if he's not as assertive regarding his own scoring opportunities, having a knowledgeable and experienced veteran manning the middle will go a long way for New York.