NBA Rumors: New York Knicks Considering Rasheed Wallace?

By A.J. Speier
Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

When Rasheed Wallace resisted the temptation to come out of retirement last season, everybody thought his career was over, but it appears the New York Knicks are considering signing him.

Wallace last played in the NBA during the 2009-10 NBA Finals as a member of the Boston Celtics as a fill-in starter to replace injured Kendrick Perkins as the starter. He appeared in 79 games during the season with an average of nine points and 4.1 rebounds.

After a workout at the Knicks’ practice facility with Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas this weekend, it looks like he could be poised for a return to the NBA, but at 38 years old, it remains to be seen what Wallace has left in the tank. He was known throughout his career as a player who make a few three-pointers and had a career average of 14.6 points and 6.7 rebounds while shooting 33.7-percent from three-point range.

Last season, Wallace was contemplating making a comeback attempt. He worked out with the Miami Heat and received some interest from the Los Angeles Lakers to help them out for the playoff stretch.

If the Knicks were to sign Wallace, it would be to come off the bench as a rotation player to give Amare Stoudemire a break. Thomas and Chris Copeland are the Knicks’ only backup power forwards on the roster since Camby was signed to Tyson Chandler’s backup center.

The Knicks currently have 14 players with guaranteed contracts on their roster and are known to be looking for another free agent power forward to fill their final guaranteed roster spot. They’ve been linked in rumors to players such as Kenyon Martin, Lou Amundson, Shawne Williams and Sean Williams.

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