The Knicks have signed center Earl Barron, the team announced.
In 11 games with the Washington Wizards earlier this season, Barron averaged 11 minutes, 2.5 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.
Barron played for the Knicks in the 2009-2010 season. He averaged 33 minutes per game with New York over seven games. He scored 11.7 points per game and averaged 11 total rebounds, including a career high 18 rebound game on April 6, 2010.
Barron, 31, was waived by the Wizards in December.
Brian DiMennaIf you’re the one Knicks fan who’s been sitting around all season begging to the winds, “Why can’t the Knicks just sign Earl Barron?” Well, you are in luck my friend, because the Knicks have indeed signed Earl Barron.
As a result of Rasheed Wallace’s official retirement, the Knicks were left with an opening for a big man, or really just a tall person of any sort. Enter the 7’0” Barron, who rather remarkably once averaged 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks.
All in all, this really just serves as another useful reminder that as giddy as we all are about the prospects of a deep playoff run, it’s worth meditating on the fact that this Knicks team is awfully reliant on the idea of a healthy Kenyon Martin. K-Mart has been a revelation, with his defense and intangibles legitimately altering the team’s prospects in a considerable way. But he’s also an aging player, one with a history of injuries, and New York remains just a sprained ankle away from more Earl Barron than anyone would be comfortable with.
Anyway, it’s just another twist, in what has been a season full of them, with a weird rotating door developing after this Q-Rich/Barron business. Somewhere, Lee Nailon and Maciej Lampe are calling their agents shouting, “Hey, there’s a run on obscure Knicks! Get me to New York!”