GREENBURGH, NY – After two seasons away from the NBA, Rasheed Wallace is back.
The Knicks announced Wednesday afternoon that they have signed Wallace to a contract. Wallace was in the gym Wednesday and got some shots up, but he did not participate in practice.
That will happen soon, but we don’t know how long Wallace will last. Knicks coach Mike Woodson made it very clear that Wallace is trying out for the team over the next few weeks and not guaranteed a spot on the roster when the Knicks open the season in Brooklyn on Nov. 1.
“Only time will tell,” Woodson said. “This is not something that’s definite. It’s an opportunity to look at him and see what he has left. And if he has something left, I think it can be a positive for our ball club.”
The opportunity is definitely there, though. Wallace is the 20th player in camp, but only 13 of the other 19 Knicks have guaranteed contracts. Come Oct. 30, the Knicks can carry as many as 15.
Sheed made it clear that he’s all in. The idea of a comeback was initially Woodson’s idea and was presented on a phone call early in the summer. But as the season drew nearer, Wallace knew that he had to make a commitment.
“I gave it an honest try, I’d say, probably about late August,” Wallace said. “And I said to myself, ‘Well, if I do do this, then I can’t go in half-stepping or slouching. I have to go ahead and give it 100 percent. I have to give it an honest try. I have to be true to myself.’”
So here he is.