Knicks Talk: Knicks Split on Earl Barron?

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Via Jared Zwerling

The New York Knicks coaching staff would like to sign Earl Barron, but team management is not in any rush to do so, according to a source close to the veteran free-agent center.

“The Knicks coaches want Earl, but ownership wants to wait,” the source told Bleacher Report.

“I think Mike Woodson likes him a lot because of the professionalism he showed this year,” the source said recently. “He went from a vacation—a weekend trip with his family—to flying into D.C., drove to the airport and flew to New York and got in at midnight. He worked out for the coaches at 6 o’clock that morning, took the physical after that and then played 36 minutes that same night, and he had almost 20 boards. Earl kept his body right.”

Meanwhile, Barron worked out for the Utah Jazz on Monday, and according to another source, “He shot the ball extremely well.”

If the Jazz pursue Barron, the source close to the player said he’ll make them the priority signing to put pressure on the Knicks.

“If [the Jazz] like him, Barron is not waiting on New York,” the source said.

Knickswag Notes: 

As I have said in previous articles, Earl Barron is the perfect fit for the New York Knicks. What I do not understand is the Knicks thinking on this matter. Earl can rebound, hit the mid-range jumper, and is a complete professional. In reality Earl Barron is the perfect 15th man to have on a team that needs a back-up center and a seasoned veteran to do what is asked of him. Of course there are other centers/power forwards available to look out, but can  you name any of them who are worth while?

With the crop of “bigs” that we all hear about on the web, not one of them has made me change my mind on Earl Barron. Earl is the right fit for this team. If the Knicks are not careful they will lose him to another NBA team in the near future.

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  • Derrick Dolberry

    You give C.Smith an invite ,but you don’t sign a bonafide center that can give exactly what you need. I’m starting to rethink my loyalty to the knicks if management screws this up

  • SHODON

    this is why New Yorkers have a love hate thing with the Knicks, the players play their butts off and management just let them walk off to sign with another team.
    love the players, hate the dumb ass front office…

  • vern vern

    I was thinking the same thing. How do you give C. Smith a partial guaranteed contract but you balk on signing Barron to the veteran minimum,which he’s willing to accept?
    But if you think about it, maybe they had to invite Smith in order to get JR to sign.

  • Frank Walker

    WAKE UP FRONT OFFICE, STEVIE WONDER CAN C WHAT U CAN’T C. THE BARON AWAITS U. WE NEED A BONAFIDE BIG MAN TO BACK UP (TC) WHO CAN REBOUND AND SCORE POINTS ON HIS OWN. INDY MADE US LOOK VERY BAD ON THE BOARDS. WE NEED REBOUNDS