Heading into this season, the Knicks' main objective, when it came to assembling their roster, was clear.
Jokes have been made about the overall age of the squad, but the truth of the matter is New York has very solid depth throughout the roster. Aiming to reel in experienced players as they hope for a successful run, even the Knicks' "rookies" are older players following stints in Europe. Pablo Prigioni and Chris Copeland are 35 and 28 years old, respectively.
Such personnel choices meant a couple of promising young guns were left on the outside looking in. The Knicks ended up waiving four training camp invitees in time for the regular season. Despite that, the franchise will still have the opportunity to monitor the progress of Mychel Thompson, Oscar Bellfield, and Henry Sims, as all three prospects were subsequently claimed by the Erie BayHawks.
And then there was John Shurna. Despite displaying a skill set the Knickerbockers are not only familiar with, but also favor in their offensive flow, the forward was not retained by the team in any sense.
When considering his talents, it's easy to understand how having Shurna on the court can help elevate the rest of his teammates. The sharpshooter can make it rain from either side of the court. His ability to spread the floor creates good spacing, and thus, makes him a potential valuable asset to any squad's offense.
Though he gained a bit of a nice following with the Big Apple fan base, who appreciated his skills, Shurna now finds himself in the position of looking for another job. His agent, Brad Ames of Priority Sports, tells RidiculousUpside.com that his client is keeping an open mind and weighing different options.
Able to knock down the long range jumper with steady consistency, Shurna's style of play may very well end up suiting international ball quite nicely. With American players often cashing in on more lucrative deals across the pond, the sharpshooter is keeping his eyes open for the right fit overseas.
But if that doesn't work, there's no denying that the quickest way back into the NBA is through the D-League. Should he not be able to snag a deal overseas, Shurna may end up looking to stay stateside and play in the minors. In the NBADL, he would undoubtedly have the benefit of a closer look from NBA and other professional scouts on a nightly basis.
It will be interesting to see where Shurna ultimately takes his talents as he continues his journey to eventually sneak onto an NBA roster. He'll just have to keep strutting his stuff and proving his worth in the meantime.