The former player would prefer a player development role on the team he joins.
"I think I have a lot to teach these young guys," Oakley told The New York Times. "Especially on the defensive end."
Oakley has seen the success former-New York teammate Patrick Ewing has had in Houston and Orlando, and has lobbied to Knicks president Donnie Walsh for a stint with the team, saying that he could have the same type of success."Nowadays, you may have better athletes," he said. "But unless they're taught, they aren't going to do anything in the league. I talked with Donnie after the last home game and told him that I think I have a lot to offer this team. You can't just score more points than last year without playing defense."