When the New York Knicks went into training camp, they brought 20 players with them, now they have just two days to figure out which players they want to keep.
The Knicks have 13 players currently signed with guaranteed contracts. They are Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd, Pablo Prigioni, Ronnie Brewer, J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert, James White, Carmelo Anthony, Steve Novak, Amar’e Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler, Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas.
Assuming Rasheed Wallace still has something left in the tank, he’ll take one of the remaining two guaranteed spots on the Knicks’ 15-man roster. Wallace has been working on his conditioning the entire time and did not dress for any of the Knicks’ six preseason games.
Power forward is the one place the Knicks need to be most concerned about. Stoudemire could be out for a month with a knee injury and Camby doesn’t know when he will be able to practice.
Chris Copeland appears to be the favorite to land the final guaranteed spot since he is a power forward and had an impressive preseason. Mychel Thompson, John Shurna, Henry Sims and Oscar Bellfield.
“I’m optimistic, but you never know what they’re looking for,” Copeland said. “I’m excited and I’m blessed to have the opportunity. I’d love to be here.”
Thompson received a start in the Knicks’ first preseason game against the Washington Wizards, but once White became healthy enough to play, he was forced to come off of the bench.
Shurna likely won’t make the team because the Knicks don’t need another Steve Novak.
Sims and Bellfield didn’t do enough during training camp or preseason to suggest that they deserve a guaranteed roster spot.
The Knicks announced on Friday that they had waived Chris Smith, who is the younger brother of J.R. Smith. He had surgery October 11 to repair his left patella tendon.