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Knicks talking to Earl Barron as possible backup bench big

Aug 15, 2013, 10:26 AM EDT

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New York is reportedly looking to add one more guy to the roster — a veteran backup big who isn’t going to play much but can add some depth to the front line. New York is going to try out Jeremy Taylor for that role even though he is a young player (he has a two-year contract and is expected to make the roster, but neither year is guaranteed).

Earl Barron could return to the Knicks and get that spot.

The 7’0” center with seven years in the NBA has five training camp invites but he wants to be with the Knicks because he thinks he can stick on that roster, reports Jared Zwerling at

“He wants to be back in New York. There has been a lot of interest, and that’s with them and with them to us,” the source said. “I think it’s just going to be one of those wait situations, where I think the signing of Jeremy Tyler didn’t really knock [Barron] out of it, but it slowed the process up for him for sure.”

“But Earl wants to be a Knick. He’s waiting for the Knicks to pull the trigger. He thinks that the Knicks will have a chance to win a championship, and he wants to be a part of it.”

Barron is a guy on the fringes of the NBA, having played in 124 games in seven seasons, the majority of those with the Heat (he has a ring from 2006) but he has had a couple stints in New York, including last year.

New York has 14 guys on the roster (counting Taylor and C.J. Leslie, who also has a non-guaranteed deal but is expected to make the team). Some teams like to leave that last roster spot empty, giving them room for trades, but the Knicks seem to be considering Barron for a non-guaranteed spot.

He would provide some depth to the front line, but with a payroll of $86.3 million now even adding a minimum deal will come with a big tax hit. The question is do the Knicks think Barron is worth that.

  1. jtbsteeler - Aug 15, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Knicks are weak at rebounding, Barron is good at it and he can knock down a jumpshot.

  2. miamatt - Aug 15, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    “with a payroll of $86.3 million now even adding a minimum deal will come with a big tax hit.”

    The Knicks will have to fill that roster spot with somebody, so paying extra tax on a minimum deal is inevitable, right? I can understand them not wanting to guarantee his salary at this point,though; far better to keep fiscal flexibility in case a better option emerges. It’s not like anybody else is giving Earl Barron a guaranteed contract at this point.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:46 PM

      No, the Knicks do not have to fill that spot with somebody. An NBA team doesn’t have to have 15 players on its roster.

  3. stoudemelo - Aug 15, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    Counting Taylor or Tyler?

    Almost made it without a typo.

  4. jzone954 - Aug 15, 2013 at 10:56 PM


  5. dysraw1 - Aug 16, 2013 at 6:37 AM

    Always liked EB. he’s been more than just a fill in, in his stints in NY.

  6. bigtymeusa - Aug 19, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    I like Earl bc he can board and knock down the Elbow J…I like Haddidi bc he can board NOT knock down the Elbow J BUT he blocks shots…lots of them…AND he’s PERFECT for half court playoff basketball…BUT watch Knicks (Dolan) cut CJ Leslie, sign Barron/Haddidi or whoever…AND GIVE THE 15TH SPOT TO CHRIS FN SMITH!!!! WATCH!

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