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.
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.