Woody says he expects Wallace to play no more than 9-10 minutes once he returns. “He’ll never be 100 percent,” he said.
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) February 4, 2013
From my eyes, the New York Knicks are positioning themselves to make a move in the next 2 weeks. When the All-Star break is over and teams report back to their practice facilities, the New York Knicks will be in decision mode. Decisions, decisions, decisions. If they feel like Rasheed Wallace will be ineffective for 15-20 minutes a night or even worse, out for the year; coupled along with the doubtful return of Marcus Camby, then the Knicks brass must make a tough decision on either a trade or a free agent pick up of a “big” to bolster their frontline. According to Adam Zagoria’s reports, Woody doesn’t think Sheed will be 100% for the rest of the year. Furthermore, the Knicks are not sold on Sheed’s minutes contribution moving forward. In the Adam Kennedy article on Hoopsworld.com he explains the Knicks thinking.
Because the Knicks aren’t sure if Wallace will be available or effective, and Marcus Camby has also been limited with a sprained left plantar fascia, the team has considered signing a free agent big man. Kenyon Martin and Lou Amundson are two players whom the Knicks have discussed internally, according to sources.
New York was holding out hope that Wallace would return and be just as productive as he was earlier in the year. Getting Wallace back was their preference since he had been with the team for the whole season, had proven himself as a significant contributor and had emerged as a strong locker room presence. However, if Wallace is ineffective or unable to play many minutes when he comes back, expect New York to sign Martin or Amundson for the remainder of the season to bolster their depleted frontcourt.
Kenyon Martin or any abled body “big” is what I’ve been calling for since the start of the season. Why the Knicks have waited this long to get an insurance policy for Amar’e Stourdemire is beyond words. It is actually funny, because Amar’e has produced for NY, but it’s his back-up Rasheed Wallaces’ absence that has really hurt this team. If you told me that a 38-year old Wallace (that has not played in two years before he joined the Knicks) would be a sorely missed player, I would have laughed. Unfortunately this has come true and now the Knicks are scouring for free agents, trades possibilities and the end of the Chinese season to see what they can do to get some help.
Coach Mike Woodson is a Rasheed Wallace guy, he put all his eggs in his basket and now it has come back to haunt him. Either Wallace gets back to practice after the All-Star break or expect the Knicks to make a move. Stay tuned!
Peter A – Knickswag