The New York Knicks have made quite a few changes to their roster during the offseason, but it was always kind of expected that late-season sensation Earl Barron would be back in New York after playing quite well during his seven-game stint with the team.
That doesn’t seem to be the case, however, according to Newsday’s Alan Hahn.
With Curry, Ronny Turiaf and Russian rookie Timofey Mozgov on the depth chart at center, the Knicks aren’t in the market for yet another big man. The discovery (and signing) of Mozgov effectively ended Barron’s chances of a return, even after rookie Jerome Jordan opted to go to Serbia rather than come to camp this year.
The Knicks initially tried to sign Barron at the end of the 09-10 season, when he averaged 11.7 points and 11 rebounds in 33.1 minutes per game in the final two weeks of the season. He was offered a non-guaranteed contract for 10-11 and turned it down, mainly because he was hoping to get something more secure – perhaps even from the Knicks – during the offseason.
So what’s next for Barron if not the Knicks? Only time will tell, apparently.
“We are having discussions with several teams regarding Earl,” Barron’s agent, Mark Termini, said when we spoke today.