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Knicks sign James Singleton, will release Kurt Thomas

Apr 10, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

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UPDATE: April 12, 1 p.m. ET: The deal for James Singleton fell through due to some issue with his being released from his Chinese team, so the Knicks signed Solomon Jones instead.

April 10: The Knicks need frontline help, with so many of the veterans they brought in to fill those positions having been lost due to injury.

The team had been stubborn with the roster spots of Kurt Thomas, Marcus Camby, and Rasheed Wallace up until this point, preferring to wait out the injuries instead of cutting someone loose to create a roster spot in order to bring in a healthy contributor.

With New York riding a 13-game winning streak, and with just five games left in the regular season, the Knicks have finally decided to shore up their roster before their run through the postseason begins.

From Frank Isola of the New York Daily News:

Isola later confirmed that Thomas would be released, and is scheduled to have surgery on his injured right foot next week.

Singleton is about the same size as Thomas, but plays a more athletic and less prodding game than Thomas does at this stage of his career. He played in China most recently, and averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds in 21 games during their 2012-13 season.

As far as NBA experience goes, Singleton has had stints with the Clippers, Mavericks, and the Wizards, while appearing in 12 games for Washington during the 2011-12 season.

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Can’t hurt. Learn the rotations on the MILLION SWITCHES and hustle.

    Oh yeah, stay healthy.

    We are building something special here.

  2. bux1022 - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    We are definitely building something special…and it starts this post season!

  3. ravensallday2012 - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Knicks will fail in playoffs. Noone will beat the heat

  4. jerdogthompson - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    I recall “jumping” James stint with the Clipps. Always enjoyed seeing him play. I wish him well.

  5. bux1022 - Apr 10, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    We’ll beat the heat. Remember bux1022. Melo plays like he is, him and Lebron are wash. Jr and Wade are a wash. We have better PGs and better bigs. Bosh is soft in the paint. We just need to be healthy. And let’s not forget 3-1 in the regular season. All of our wins were by more than 20. And we gave them the third game. Lebron didn’t play one. Well melo missed one and Chandler missed two. We will surprise the basketball world. I don’t want to hear ish about it being the regular season. All of u band wagon heat fans were the same ones talking ish when they lost their first championship! D i c k riders!

    • ibleedaquaorange - Apr 11, 2013 at 7:25 AM

      Amazing stuff, bux. On what planet are LeBron/Wade a “wash” with Anthony/Smith?

    • bougin89 - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      For the record I will not remember box1022. Saying any other player is equal to Lebron is just asinine especially Melo. Durant is the closest but nobody is equal to Lebron right now.

    • leahcima1 - Apr 11, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      Wow I hope the Heat don’t read this, they won’t show up. Lebron should feel complimented that you think he can play even with Melo the playoff fellow. And for Wade being mention in the same breath as J.R. Smith? What a compliment to poor washed up Dwayne. Great call bux, great call.

  6. modellforprez - Apr 10, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    dont matter who they have they could have starks king sprewell and Ewing in each of their prime and once they meet the heat they can make off season plans. and i admit they had a great year and if the heat werent geared to win not 5 6 7 8 titles or whatever labum said the knicks would be reppin the East but Alas the heat should beat. Q.B.C 4112 The bridge forever!¡!¡ scumbag Pee h.n.i.c part 41 please bye mines so i dont have to keep selling out my peoples. ive been kicked out of the carnhartt mobb queef jean team 40 inch chain gang volume please

  7. nashernation - Apr 10, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Can’t believe they didn’t cut Thomas after that foot injury. They need a big in the worst way.

  8. eboneseagles - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Good signing, it’s tough when you have six (yes six ) big men currently injured. Amare, Chandler, Camby, Sheed, Martin, Thomas. This move was necessary so that Copeland and Novak aren’t forced to player center.

  9. badintent - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    Is Ogden ready ?
    Call David Robinson, offer him a battleship and Admiral bars.
    What about that UFC fighter that’s 7 foot ?
    Heeeeeeeeeelp !

  10. ncm42 - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:24 AM

    Kurt Thomas?!? He had to be pushing 45 doesn’t he???

  11. klink6224 - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Yea I’m a huge Knicks fan and wouldn’t even think to say those combos are a wash. LeBron will go down as arguably one of, if not the, greatest ever and Wade, as much as I dislike him, is a fantastic player. Melo and Smith have been entertaining as hell and playing great but both are behind those two individually on the whole. That said I can still see the Knicks upsetting them if they match up in East Finals but tough road ahead Gotta get past the Bulls who have our number

    • elledaddy - Apr 11, 2013 at 11:24 AM

      I think he’s saying Melo and LBJ and JR and Wade are washes as far as points go. Not that they are washes as players. The Knicks dont need Melo to do for the Knicks what LBJ does for the Heat, the teams arent built the same way. Melo just has to get his points, rebound and draw the double team, all of which he has been doing great as of of late. Same goes for JR. I think the Knicks BEST game beats the Heat’s BEST game. Miami at their best force turnovers and score in transition. They also pack in the paint and force you to make threes. The Knicks best is NOT turning the ball over( 1st in the NBA) AND making threes( 1st in the NBA). If the Knicks are lucky enough to get back Chandler,Sheed,Amare and Kmart healthy and if they should meet in the ECF, I think it’s gonna be interesting

  12. bux1022 - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    We’ll see…

  13. bux1022 - Apr 11, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    @elledaddy

    Finally someone with common sense. I figured most people would understand what I meant, as you obviously did. But this is PBT and people like to respond to stir the pot. I have watched every Knicks game this season and for most of my life. I know we have something special brewing.

  14. bux1022 - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    @leachima

    Another PBT CLOWN

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