Oct 22, 2012; Syracuse, NY, USA; New York Knicks power forward Kurt Thomas (40) prepares to take a shot prior to the game against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Carrier Dome. The 76ers defeated the Knicks 98-90. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks Rumors: Kurt Thomas to be released, James Singleton signed


Even though the New York Knicks are in the middle of a 13-game winning streak, they are a team that has problems.

As they prepare to face the Chicago Bulls Thursday night at the United Center, the Knicks need to find a way to get some more healthy bodies in time for the playoffs as they will be taking the floor without the likes of Amar’e Stoudemire, Kenyon Martin, Tyson Chandler, Rasheed Wallace, Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas.

With that in mind, it looks as if the Knicks are making a roster move to get just a little healthier.

According to the New York Daily News’ Fran Isola, the Knicks will release the injured Thomas to clear a roster spot that they will use to sign free agent James Singleton.

April 9, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Washington Wizards forward James Singleton (3) gets a rebound during the game against the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena. Wizards win 113-85. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

The Knicks, currently the Eastern Conference’s No. 2 seed, will make the roster shuffle roughly three weeks after Thomas suffered a stress fracture in his right foot. With Thomas, the Knicks’ roster had been full at 15 players. ESPNNY.com reports that the Knicks and Singleton have reached agreement on a contract so that he would be playoff-eligible.

Singleton, a 6’8″ forward, has played parts of five seasons in the NBA, recently with the Washington Wizards in 2011-2012.

He played the 2012-2013 season in China with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers, averaging 15.1 points and 11 rebounds in 21 games.  During his NBA career, Singleton has played in 243 games with three different team, averaging 3.9 points and 3.7 rebounds in 13.4 minutes per game.

Thomas was the oldest player in the NBA this season at 40 years old and averaged 2.5 points and 2.3 rebounds in 10.1 minutes per game.

He was expected to be sidelined two-to-four weeks after an MRI in March revealed an acute stress reaction surrounding a chronic stress fracture in the navicular bone of his right foot, but The Daily News has reported that he will have surgery next week.

It’s sad to see Thomas get released while he is injured, but the Knicks needed to add some size and length badly.

Singleton may not be the best talent in the world, but right now the Knicks need healthy frontcourt bodies and he can fill an immediate role.

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