New York Knicks forward James White’s agent, William McCandless, told ESPNNewYork.com Tuesday that White will “unlikely” return to the Knicks for the 2013-14 season.
White has a team option for around $1 million next season that the Knicks have to decide on by June 30. If they decline, White will become an unrestricted free agent. McCandless said White will field NBA offers this offseason. McCandless said White values playing time, which happened sporadically for him in New York. He started 16 games in the regular season and averaged 7.6 minutes and 2.2 points per game.
“He’s going to have NBA interest, for sure. I know that,” McCandless said. “More teams like him today than liked him this time last year. More teams feel like he can help.”
However, McCandless said White won’t hesitate to return overseas, where he spent five years (2007-12) before signing with the Knicks for the veteran’s minimum of $854,389. White also has a strong allegiance of fans in Europe.
“China will jump out of its shoes at some point and come running on James,” McCandless said. “We’ve had numerous inquiries by power teams in Europe that can pay into the millions.”