"Amare Stoudemire listed a big man as the team's No. 1 need in the offseason, and the 2010-11 season demonstrated that when Stoudemire has to play out of position at center to expend energy defending an opposing big man, he is less effective on offense. Ronny Turiaf is under contract for one more season, but he is not a great fit for the team chemistry-wise and is one of the most injury-prone players in the NBA. The Knicks do not want to reduce the cap space they have available for the summer of 2012 free agent class, which means unrestricted free agents such as Nene, Tyson Chandler and Samuel Dalembert will be beyond their means.
The list of restricted free agents includes Marc Gasol of Memphis and DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers, Spencer Hawes of Philadelphia and Jason Smith of New Orleans, whose teams have the right to match any offer and would presumably do so if that offer was for only one year. Stopgap choices from the unrestricted free agents ranks could include Kurt Thomas, Shaquille O'Neal (who has a player option for next season), Nazr Mohammed, Jason Collins, D.J. Mbenga and Jeff Foster."
Where have I heard that before?
Full Sheridan article here.