Knicks sign backup center Cole Aldrich


Entering the 2013 offseason there were two major needs the Knicks needed to fill – add point guard depth, and find a backup center.

Many thought that one or both of these needs would be addressed during June’s NBA draft. But when the Knicks elected to go with J.R Smith insurance policy Tim Hardaway Jr. the void was left unfilled.

Eventually the Knicks found solutions to their backcourt needs, resigning veteran playmaker Pablo Prigioni, and adding talented backup Beno Udrih to join Raymond Felton in what should be a very steady backcourt.  Still, the center position remained unaddressed, not because the Knicks were choosing to ignore this glaring hole in their roster, but simply because good big men do not grow on trees, and when teams find them, they rarely part with them.

Which brings us to Cole Aldrich, former Kansas Jayhawk, and OKC Thunder backup, who the Knicks signed to non-guaranteed contract on Tuesday.

The Knicks are hoping the 6 foot 11, 245 pound big man can help fill the void left by Marcus Camby, whom the Knicks traded in the Andrea Bargnani deal.

Aldrich has averaged 2 points on 54 percent shooting and 2.3 rebounds in 8 minutes per game over his first three seasons in the league.

The Knicks current training camp roster sits at 19.  With only 15 roster spots available for the regular season Aldrich is no lock to make the team, but should have a leg-up on his competition based on the limited depth the Knicks currently have in their front court.

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