Mike Woodson announced that the Knicks will sign 6-11 journeyman center Dan Gadzuric and waive swingman Bill Walker in a move to provide depth and insurance for the playoffs.
Gadzuric, 34, an athletic big man out of UCLA, will be added in case Amar’e Stoudemire and Jared Jeffries break down in the playoffs. Prior to signing with the Knicks, Gadzuric played for the Texas Legends in the D-League and overseas in China. Gadzuric’s last NBA action came last season when he played for the Nets, appearing in 14 games. Gadzuric had played eight seasons for the Bucks after UCLA.
“It gives us another big,” Woodson said. “Just in case Jared is not able to come back from his rest. It gives us a veteran big that’s been around that could use fouls and rebound.”
Interesting move this late in the season. The Knicks could have used some depth at the center position a couple weeks ago as was noted on this blog by Tommy Dee.
I guess this means Mike Woodson had enough of Steve Novak at the center position. That statement alone shows the lack of depth behind Tyson Chandler as well as the lack of confidence in Josh Harrelson and Jerome Jordan, who has never really gotten any meaningful minutes this season.
This brings into question Jared Jefferies return from the knee injury as he was back for a couple games and now back out again. There has been some talk of him needing surgery in the offseason.
Walker fell out of the rotation after the JR Smith signing and injuring his elbow. After acquiring him from Boston in the Nate Robinson trade, he showed some promise shooting well from three and showing some very good athletic ability. The problem was his ball handling and decision making. He couldn’t dribble drive to the basket to really take advantage of that athletic ability.