Mar 13, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) and Sacramento Kings center Cole Aldrich (45) fight for position under the basket during the second quarter at Power Balance Pavilion. The Sacramento Kings defeated the Chicago Bulls 121-79. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks Rumors: Is Cole Aldrich on Knicks Radar?

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The New York Knicks continue their search to hand out their final contract and just in the last four or five days we have heard names such as Gary Forbes, Hamed Haddadi and Earl Barron linked to the Knicks.

I guess at this stage it can’t hurt to throw another name in the mix.

April 14, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Sacramento Kings center Cole Aldrich (45) takes a shot against the Houston Rockets in the fourth quarter at the Toyota Center. The Rockets defeated the Kings 121-100. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

According to ESPN’s Jared Zwerling, former Kansas big man Cole Aldrich is a name that is on the Knicks’ radar.

It was only three years ago that Aldrich was a lottery pick of the Oklahoma City Thunder, but now, after underwhelming in three NBA seasons, he is out auditioning for an NBA job.

Aldrich, who has averaged 2.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 89 contests, getting only 7.9 minutes per game with the Thunder, Rockets, and Kings, has worked out for a handful of NBA teams so far and the Knicks could be next on his list.

It’s almost a given that the Knicks are going to sign a big man and they could be deciding between Barron and Haddadi, but it can’t hurt to take a look at Aldrich or a few others as well. Aldrich shares an agent with Tyson Chandler at Excel Sports, so the connection might get him a look.

Overall, Aldrich’s skill set might fit in well with the Knicks.

He is a long big man who can rebound and block shots, two skills that are a must in any potential addition. He needs some more game experience to get better at his defensive rotations, but once he does Aldrich could be serviceable at the defensive end.

Offensively though there isn’t much of an upside. Aldrich can finish around the rim, but has little else in terms of an offensive game.

If I were the Knicks, I would shy away from Aldrich and focus on others, but if they were to sign him, he could be serviceable at the back end of Mike Woodson’s rotation.

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