New York Knicks Sign Center Cole Aldrich to Contract for 2013-14 Season

Adam FromalNational NBA Featured ColumnistSeptember 24, 2013

The New York Knicks no longer have to worry about finding a backup center. 

With Jeremy Tyler out for an extended time due to a stress fracture, New York was holding steady with only one true 5 on the roster: Tyson Chandler. And given his aging body and injury-riddled history, it was a risky proposition. 

According to,'s official Knicks affiliate, Cole Aldrich will now be calling Madison Square Garden home. While the terms of the deal have yet to be made public, the news does come directly from Executive Vice President and general manager Glen Grunwald, so it's pretty darn official. 

Aldrich, while still a big body, hasn't experienced the same type of success in the NBA that he had while suiting up for Kansas. 

Dec 8, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Vince Carter (25) and center Bernard James (5) box out Houston Rockets center Cole Aldrich (31) in the third quarter at the Toyota Center. The Mavericks defeated the Rockets 116-109. Mandatory

During his three years in the Association, the big man has played for the Oklahoma City Thunder (who originally selected him at No. 11 in the 2010 NBA draft), Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings.

He currently sits on career averages of 2.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.2 steals and 0.5 blocks per game. 

Those numbers definitely won't blow anyone away, but Aldrich fills the exact need that New York possessed. 

He can capably play limited minutes without getting in the way offensively, and he's a solid enough post defender that Mike Woodson won't hesitate to use him sparingly when Chandler needs a quick breather.

The Knicks need to keep their starting big man healthy and having a big body to use off the bench—not a makeshift center who should actually be playing power forward—is quite beneficial. 

NBC Sports' Kurt Helin had Aldrich ranked as the 10th-best remaining free agent in early September:

He could barely get off the bench with the Thunder, then last season bounced between the Rockets and Kings without making many waves. Still, he has legit center size and is just 25, so he could get an end of the bench deal.

This won't become anything more than a move that shores up one of the last few roster spots in New York, but at least the Knicks have found a capable stopgap until Tyler's right metatarsal is fully healed.