For months now, many New York Knicks fans were waiting on the answer to the question of when exactly Rasheed Wallace would return to the Knicks lineup.
Finally that question may have been answered and unfortunately the answer could be never.
Nate Taylor of the New York Times is reporting that Wallace will have surgery on his left foot and the Knicks say he will be out of action at least eight weeks.
Rasheed Wallace will have surgery on his left foot. The Knicks say recovery time is 8 weeks.
— Nate Taylor (@ByNateTaylor) February 27, 2013
If you are scoring at home, that would be late April at the earliest, which means a return during the regular season won’t happen although there could be a chance that Wallace could return in May if the Knicks can make a lengthy playoff run, but even that seems doubtful at this point.
That also means that Mike Woodson will likely start using Kenyon Martin soon and that Martin will likely be signed for the rest of the season.
K-Mart’s defensive presence may not be that to the level that ‘Sheed showed early in the season as the Knicks were at their best because of his communication, but Martin is an improvement nonetheless.
It also means that Marcus Camby, who could be returning soon, should play a bigger role down the stretch.
Wallace has been out since December 13 and has only played 20 games on the season, averaging 7.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.
It remains to be seen if the Knicks plan on replacing Wallace on the roster. If they do, they will have to release or buy out his contract as they are at the maximum amount of 15 players.
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