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Rapid Reaction: Knicks sign Dan Gadzuric

4/20/2012

WHAT IT MEANS: Backup center Jared Jeffries said Friday afternoon on ESPN New York 1050's "Ruocco & Lundberg" show that he'll be fine come playoff time. But likely because his right knee is still causing him pain right now, limiting his minutes to not even 10 per night -- even forcing him out of the Nets game on Wednesday -- the Knicks went out and signed free agent Dan Gadzuric.

Jeffries is a supporter of the move.

"I think bringing in [Dan] is a good thing because anytime you can have big bodies in the playoffs is a good thing," he said.

Gadzuric is more than a big stationary body at 6-11, 240 pounds. He's very active around the basket and is aggressive on the boards, which is something the Knicks need, especially looking ahead to a potential first-round matchup with the Bulls -- the best rebounding team in the league. The Heat also pose a threat, too, in that department. In fact, during his radio show appearance today, when Jeffries was asked which player on the Bulls and Heat he was most concerned about as an individual opponent, he said Taj Gibson and Chris Bosh, respectively. Why? Because of their rebounding.

Gadzuric also has the speed and awareness to get out and run, and with Mike Woodson preaching change of pace lately -- the Knicks are at times too halfcourt-oriented -- the new center should be able to start and finish plays on the fastbreak. Don't expect many minutes at all from Gadzuric, but his three previous years in the playoffs (2004, '06 and '10) will come in handy when Woodson needs a seasoned banger.

THE FILE: Gadzuric holds career averages of 4.7 points (on 50.0 percent shooting), 4.4 rebounds, 0.85 blocks and 14.8 minutes in 525 games (164 starts) over nine NBA seasons with the Bucks, Warriors and Nets. This past season, he appeared in 12 games for the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League, averaging 12.0 points (on 53.1 percent shooting), 11.3 rebounds and 1.00 blocks in 25.7 minutes.

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