With the New York Knicks uncertain whether Rasheed Wallace will come out of retirement, it appears they will look at other options instead.
According to sources, the Knicks are still showing interest in Utah Jazz free agent Josh Howard. Howard had recently visited the San Antonio Spurs and Philadelphia 76ers, but the Minnesota Timberwolves and Jazz were said to have interest as well.
In his lone season with Jazz, Howard made 18 starts in the 43 games he played in, averaging 8.7 points and 3.7 rebounds while shooting 24.3-percent from three-point range. He was used as a small forward and saw an average of 23 minutes per game.
If the Knicks were to sign to Howard to the veteran minimum salary, it would be interesting to see what role they would give him since he is a guard/forward and is 6-foot-7, 210 pounds. He’s too small to be an effective power forward and the Knicks already have Steve Novak as Carmelo Anthony’s backup.
While Howard can also play shooting guard, it’s doubtful the Knicks would want to use him there. J.R. Smith is healthy, Ronnie Brewer is expected to recover from knee surgery some time before the start of the season and Iman Shumpert, who is also recovering from knee surgery, will return midway through the season.
A bigger need for the Knicks is to find another backup power forward for Amare Stoudemire. Currently, Kurt Thomas and Chris Copeland are the only backups for Stoudemire since Marcus Camby was acquired to be foul-prone Tyson Chandler’s backup at center.
The Knicks have been linked in rumors to other free agent power forwards such as Kenyon Martin, Shawne Williams, Sean Williams and Malcolm Thomas. They’ve also held a workout for Tracy McGrady, who, like Howard, is a guard/forward type of player.