The New York Knicks' search for a backup power forward has taken an interesting twist.
NBA news: Rasheed Wallace working out at NYK practice facility w/Camby and Kurt Thomas. Knicks' considering.— Ric Bucher (@RicBucher) September 23, 2012
The organization is apparently considering bringing in the 38-year-old big man, who played his most recent NBA minutes back in June of 2010.
The 15-year veteran last served as a backup for the Celtics—a team that actually started him in a losing effort for Game 7 of the NBA Finals that year.
Wallace has been linked to a number of NBA franchises since retiring in the summer of 2010, notably the Miami Heat prior to the 2012 playoffs and the Celtics back in 2011. However, none of these have come to fruition because of the mercurial forward’s health and lack of desire to play.
While Rasheed has the size, standing 6’11”, 230 pounds, and proven skills—with career averages of 14.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists 1.3 blocks and 1.0 steals—to be a solid rotation player for a contending team like the Knicks, his attitude and age should be a major deterrent in actually inking him to a guaranteed deal.
New York is only considering him because the Knicks have been seeking another serviceable 4 to log minutes behind superstar Amar’e Stoudemire. 39-year-old Thomas is currently the only other true power forward on the roster.
Any potential signing will likely hinge on ‘Sheed being healthy and in shape, and there is absolutely no guarantee that that is the case. Weight problems have plagued Wallace for most of his career, and there have been plenty of times that he has used the regular season to get fit.
While the Knickerbockers should be a playoff-bound team with the amount of talent in their lineup, health hasn’t been one of their strong points in the Carmelo Anthony and Stoudemire era.
The franchise needs a backup who could conceivably start for short stretches in the event that Amar’e goes down with injury. An out-of-shape ‘Sheed would not help their cause.
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