The New York Knicks are fighting for a spot atop the standings in the Eastern Conference, but their roster isn’t exactly set in stone quite yet.
In fact, one of the key bench players for the Knickerbockers may end up walking away from the game completely, leaving an opening for the franchise to bring in a free agent.
Let’s take a look at some of the latest buzz surrounding the Big Apple-based organization in Thursday’s rumor roundup.
The 12-year veteran has career averages of 13.0 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game, plus contributes a sizeable 6’9”, 240-pound frame and willingness to bang in the paint.
League source tells me Martin likely still wants more than the vet's min. But believes no move will happen unless Sheed walks away from NBA.— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) January 24, 2013
He’s someone the Knicks should keep on their radar, but according to Jared Zwerling of ESPN New York, may be seeking more than the veteran’s minimum contract.
The Knicks do not have the cap space or tax flexibility to dole out a big contract to a potential role player like Martin, so the former Cincinnati star will have to come down on his price if he wants to catch on with the team.
This D-League standout nearly made the final roster cut, but was trimmed back when the Knicks had a plethora of healthy bigs in preseason.
At 6’10”, 245 pounds, Sims is a man amongst boys playing for the Erie BayHawks, and it’s showing in his averages of 16 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 31.8 minutes per game.
According to Zwerling, the Knicks are giving the young man a “good look,” as he fills a major area of need—despite his relative inexperience.
If New York doesn’t pull the trigger on a call up soon, it wouldn’t be a stretch to expect to see this Georgetown product on another NBA roster this season.
Most of these rumored signings depend on the long-term health of Rasheed Wallace, as the big man is currently dealing with a left foot injury that has kept him out of the lineup since mid-December.
Marc Berman of the New York Post found that coach Mike Woodson believes ‘Sheed will be back at practice this week, but anything could happen with a player that has a history of left foot problems.
If the veteran PF decides to hang it up, or at least shut it down for the remainder of the 2012-13 campaign, there will be a full on search for a replacement via free agency.