Though the Knicks will bring 19 players into training camp next week, only 13 players will hit the hardwood with guaranteed contracts. This means two roster spots will be up grabs, be it amongst the camp invitees or even outside players looking in.
Though they’ve worked out a few various young guns at the training facility in the recent weeks, the team also hosted veteran and former Knickerbocker Tracy McGrady in Westchester this month.
And according to ESPN’s Ric Bucher, the Knicks most recently welcomed yet another notable NBA veteran to their facility.
Retired big man Rasheed Wallace has been working out in Westchester with fellow veterans Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas.
Though Bucher says New York is apparently “considering” signing Wallace, this should by no means come as a surprise to Knicks fans at all. The team has already surrounded their core with older veterans like Camby, Thomas, and Jason Kidd. What’s more, they have also long-coveted veteran forward Kenyon Marin to backup Amar’e Stoudemire. Martin has since been hesitant, however, to sign a contract worth the veteran’s minimum.
Wallace seems to fit right in with the team’s current personnel, and his position fills what the team apparently considers to be a void at the backup power forward position. But is Wallace himself (and the personality he brings along with him) the best possible fit? Depending on what kind of shape he’s in, perhaps he would be a decent backup plan to Martin.
Knicks head coach Mike Woodson was an assistant coach on the Pistons during the 2003-04 season, when Wallace joined Detroit midseason.