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Sheed not in Knicks camp, yet. Contract being finalized.

Oct 3, 2012, 9:17 AM EDT

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UPDATE 1:57 pm: Finally it is official, Rasheed Wallace has signed with the Knicks. Our long national nightmare is over. You can go about your lives again.

9:17 am: It’s the details. It’s always in the details.

Rasheed Wallace is supposed to be a Knick. After being out of the league for a couple seasons he reportedly reached a handshake deal with New York. But he wasn’t at media day and wasn’t on the court for all (maybe any) of team’s first practice on Tuesday. So what gives?

The two sides are hammering out contract details still, according to the New York Post.

Agent Bill Strickland told The Post he’s still hammering out the final “minor details” of Wallace’s pact, and “I fully expect and anticipate Rasheed will be with the Knicks this season and it should be very soon.’’

“We’re trying to get a contract together, so right now he’s not part of the team,’’ (Knicks coach Mike) Woodson said.

The Knicks first practice was reportedly heavy on conditioning drills, and based on the word that leaked out of ‘Sheed’s workouts with Knicks players that is the one thing he needs. He can still shoot the rock, he still can play the game at age 38, but his conditioning needed work.

We’ll see if this works out, if Wallace will join the team and make the Knicks the oldest team in NBA history. Literally. For a lot of players you wouldn’t blink about this kind of contract glitch, but for the unpredictable Wallace it becomes something worth watching. The outcome could still be up in the air, whatever those details are.

  1. jolink653 - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Wonder if they’ll let Sheed have a cane on the court…

    Not really sure how this signing helps the Knicks at all. I guess he provides some toughness and maybe the ability to shoot the 3, but we need some youth and some energy off the bench, not someone who’s way past his prime and more likely to get technicals called on him than anything else

    • jetstizzi85 - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:13 PM

      I think after what happened in the playoffs – Novak not getting his shots off and JR missing just about everything the Knicks see Sheed as that spot shooter. Another 3 ball option if you will.

      Veteran players can not be overlooked in the NBA. They provide a lot in terms of basketball IQ

    • passerby23 - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:26 PM

      Between a (hopefully) more balanced and productive Melo, Kidd managing the floor, and Felton and Amare on the pick and roll, the Knicks should have better balance on offense.

      Games can turn quickly. Yes, the Knicks got steamrolled by the Heat, but they didn’t have Shumpert, Baron Davis (for half of that series), and Amare missed a game and played with a heavily bandaged hand for two games.

      If the Knicks click and put it all together, they are a championship caliber team. My money is still that they don’t though.

  2. dysraw1 - Oct 3, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    its hard to be a contributor as a young man, its amazing whats going on in the league these days i guess 40 really is the new 30

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