The New York Knicks wasted very little time in filling the open roster spot created by the retirement of Rasheed Wallace.
The team announced on Wednesday that it has signed veteran big man Earl Barron for the remainder of the season.
Barron is the second player signed in as many days and like Quentin Richardson, who was inked to a deal yesterday by the club, is a former Knick.
New York is one of seven teams Barron has played for during his seven-year NBA career, also playing for the Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trail Blazers and Washington Wizards.
Barron posts career averages of 4.9 points and 3.6 rebounds per game in 123 career games played.
Most recently, the seven-footer appeared in 11 games for the Wizards earlier this season, averaging 2.5 PPG and 3.9 RPG with the team before he was released.
If the name sounds familiar to Knicks fans, it should as Barron averaged 11.7 points and 11.0 rebounds in seven games with the Knicks back in 2010, which is probably the best seven-game stretch of his career.
Barron is eligible for the postseason roster, although I wouldn’t expect him to see much time.
With many of the Knicks’ injured bigs, including Tyson Chandler, Marcus Camby, and Kenyon Martin, expected back for the postseason, there won’t be a lot of minutes available.
But Barron should at least provide some frontcourt depth in case any of the Knicks’ regulars are injured again.
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