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New York Knicks Rumors: Josh Howard To Sign Instead Of Rasheed Wallace?

By Jason Van Hoven - Posted: 09/27/12 11:18AM EDT
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At 32, Howard still provides depth and skills, but may not be what the Knicks are looking for right now. (Photo: Facebook / NBAUtahJazz)

The New York Knicks are interested in signing Utah Jazz unrestricted free agent forward Josh Howard, according to Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com.

Howard has already garnered interest from multiple teams, including the Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, Charlotte Bobcats, Golden State Warriors and Indiana Pacers. ProBasketballTalk.com is reporting that he also recently received a training camp invitation from the Philadelphia 76ers and will be in Philadelphia next week.

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Now, the Knicks are vying for the 32-year-old swingman's services most likely to sign him as an insurance policy for defensive specialist and shooting guard Iman Shumpert, who is recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee suffered during the Knicks' first-round playoff series against the Miami Heat. However, they could ultimately pass on Howard to sign former All-Star power forward Rasheed Wallace, who worked out at their practice facility on Saturday.

Howard's days of averaging close to 20.0 points and six rebounds per game as he did while he was with the Dallas Mavericks may be over, but he can still provide the depth on both ends of the floor and the versatility to play either shooting guard or small forward in some capacity. Still, he has shot under 40 percent the last two years and seems to have lost some of his luster on the perimeter.

As a result, do the Knicks sign Howard or go with Wallace, who can also provide depth and play multiple positions, but bring the toughness in the paint on both ends of the floor that the Knicks have been lacking? Many would argue Wallace, although he is 38, but this is the New York Knicks we're talking about.

Nevertheless, Howard, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery last season, could wind up back in Utah, where, in 43 games last season, he averaged 8.7 points and 3.7 rebounds in 23 minutes per game. He signed a one-year deal with the Jazz in December 2011 for $2 million. So, should he sign with the Knicks or any other team, it will most likely be for the veteran's minimum this upcoming season.



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