In the last couple of weeks till training camp, the New York brass has been in search of a defensive minded big man to sure up their front line. Indeed the Knicks have been also linked to former All-Star shooting guard, Tracy McGrady, but finding another big man is a real necessity for the Knicks right now more than anything.
Enter Rasheed Wallace.
Wallace now 38, hasn’t played since the 2010 NBA Finals, fits the bill the Knicks are looking for. Standing at 6’11, Wallace has the size and length to guard both power forward and centers. Offensively, Wallace at his best is very versatile. He can bang in the post but yet stretch his defender outside the three-point line. On the Knicks, Wallace will be a great backup behind either Amar’e Stoudemire or Tyson Chandler.
The problem is he’s 38 years old!
The Knicks already have enough veteran leadership between Jason Kidd, Carmelo Anthony, Marcus Camby, Kurt Thomas, Stoudemire, and Chandler. On top of this Camby and Thomas–the current subs for Chandler and Stoudemire–are ancient with both players knocking on the age of 40.
It’s very clear the Knicks need younger legs backing up their bigs.That is why I’ve been advocating the Knicks go after Louis Amundson but the big man has recently signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the veteran’s minimum. A younger option the Knicks should still go after is Kenyon Martin(34) but it seems he wants more than the veteran minimum.
But back to Wallace, we all know that Wallace wants to comeback out of retirement to contribute to a contending team, but he has a well documented record of being disruptive in the locker room and volatile with referees during games. Indeed the Knicks need toughness, but not bad attitudes that Wallace may spread. And given that according to Jared Zwerling’s source “Wallace worked out for the Knicks. Not in very good shape” the Knicks should look somewhere else.
Simply put, Wallace can probably still provide serviceable minutes for an NBA team but the Knicks is not the right destination for him if he really wants to have an impact in his comeback season.