Still in search of a backup power forward, the New York Knicks appear to be turning their attention to the retired Rasheed Wallace.
Marc Berman of the New York Post confirmed that the Knicks are no longer interested in Tracy McGrady, but instead worked out Wallace on Saturday.
Wallace, 38, retired after the 2009-10 season with the Celtics and attempted a comeback last season, but no team showed interest in giving him a chance. There could be a chance with the Knicks though as Wallace and assistant general manager Allan Houston share the same agent, Bill Strickland.
Sheed already has a ring and is considered a defensive specialist. His strength would be an asset on the block for the Knicks, but bringing in his personality could be costly. With Tyson Chandler and Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas already in the fold, Wallace’s presence would almost be pointless considering he’s known for baiting referees and racking up technical fouls.
Wallace is a nice thought, but bringing in a 38-year old, who last played NBA minutes in 2010 doesn’t seem like something that makes a whole lot of sense.
While Rasheed has the size, standing 6’11”, 230 pounds, and proven skills—with career averages of 14.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists 1.3 blocks and 1.0 steals—to be a solid rotation player for a contending team like the Knicks, his attitude and age should be a major deterrent in signing him to any type of a guaranteed deal. Weight problems have plagued Wallace for most of his career, and there have been plenty of times that he has used the regular season to get fit.
In the Knicks search for a backup 4, they need a guy who can potentially start a few games if Amar’e Stoudemire isn’t healthy. Wallace doesn’t really fit that bill, especially if he’s out of shape.
There’s a reason teams like the Celtics, Lakers and Heat (all teams that needed size) passed on Wallace a season ago. He’s just too much of a risk.
The Knicks should follow suit and do the same.
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