With some of their big men coming back, it appears the New York Knicks didn’t need Solomon Jones after all.
Just three days after officially signing him, the Knicks have waived Jones, the team announced today.
The move opens up a roster spot for the Knicks, as they are now carrying 14 players, and that alone brings up a lot of unanswered questions.
Rasheed Wallace will likely play tonight in Charlotte and while Kenyon Martin, Tyson Chandler and Carmelo Anthony will all miss the game, they all will be ready when the playoffs begin. That’s not likely until April 20, but the question is who will fill the final roster spot before then?
But is the extra roster spot signaling a return for Amar’e Stoudemire?
Did James Singleton get his contract situation in China resolved?
Those could all be options, but the realistic thing would be to target a perimeter player now that the Knicks appear to be getting back to health. Who that will be is anyone’s guess right now, but Delonte West’s name was often mentioned a few weeks ago.
Jones appeared in two games for the Knicks, playing 26 total minutes. He was fairly ineffective in his limited time, racking up as many fouls and turnovers as rebounds (three each). He also didn’t score a single point in either contest.
If a perimeter player isn’t in the cards, I would keep my eye on the Singleton situation, as he originally came to terms with the Knicks before it fell through due to complications relating to his letter of clearance from China.
If the Knicks sign a free agent like Singleton he would be eligible for the postseason.
One thing of note is they can’t go out and sign a guy like Stephen Jackson, who was released by the Spurs today, as he wouldn’t be eligible for the postseason roster.
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