In their attempt to field the oldest roster in the NBA, the New York Knicks for some reason seem fixated on retired forward Rasheed Wallace. Whether or not Wallace is in a Knicks uniform for the 2013 campaign remains all up to him.
According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Knicks are willing to take a gamble on the 38-year forward who last played in the NBA in 2010; however the ball is now in Wallace’s court to decide if he wants to play in the Big Apple. Berman wrote that Wallace hasn’t decided yet whether he wants to dedicate himself to getting back in NBA shape and playing again and we all know how Wallace has felt about dedicating himself to get himself in good condition. In years past, ‘Sheed has used the early parts of the season to get himself in shape.
The Knicks can’t offer Wallace, or any other player, more than the minimum contract, but that doesn’t seem to be an issue with ‘Sheed as his agent Bill Strickland told ESPN’s Ian Begley that salary won’t be an issue.
“He’s done very well and he has been good about his money,” Strickland said. “I just think that it has got to be the right place.”
Strickland says that he hasn’t had any formal contract discussions on Wallace’s behalf with anyone in the Knicks organization, including assistant general manager Allan Houston, who is a former client of Strickland’s. If they bring the 6-foot-11 Wallace in, it would likely be to back up Amar’e Stoudemire and add some additional depth at center. In addition to being known for collecting an insane amount of technical fouls, Wallace is also a strong post defender, which is something head coach Mike Woodson would love.
Strickland says that as many as six different teams have attempted to lure Wallace out of retirement the past two seasons and so far ‘Sheed hasn’t bit on any offers, so it’s unknown how serious he would be about joining the Knicks.
“He will make this decision on his own,” Strickland said. “Rasheed’s his own man. This time I’ll be more a facilitator than an advisor. As he’s told me, he’s a grown man and he’s got this.”
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