Source: Knicks push for O'Neal

February, 21, 2013
2/21/13
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Don’t expect the Knicks to make any big splashes at the trade deadline.

The one area of interest for the team as the 3 p.m. deadline approaches, though, is Phoenix veteran Jermaine O’Neal, according to a league source.

“They are probably going to stand pat, nothing major,” the source said. “They’re just looking to dump someone to free up a roster spot (for O’Neal).”

The Knicks have 15 players under contract, so they would need to get rid of someone to add O’Neal.

Ronnie Brewer is one candidate to be moved. The veteran swingman has fallen out of Mike Woodson’s rotation. But his trade value is low, so it will be difficult to move him.

The Knicks’ interest in O’Neal suggests they have questions about the health of veteran big men Rasheed Wallace and Marcus Camby.

Wallace has been out since mid December with a stress reaction in his left foot. Camby has been sidelined since mid January with a plantar fascia injury in his left foot.

Both players returned to practice on Tuesday but there is no specific timetable for either players’ return.

There was speculation that the Suns would release O’Neal to make room for Marcus Morris, whom they acquired from Houston, but the Suns chose to get rid of Luke Zeller. So a trade is the most likely root to pursue O’Neal.

INTEREST IN MOZGOV? The New York Post reported that the Knicks are interested in obtaining former Knicks center Timofey Mozgov from Denver, but that would be a difficult move to make, given the Knicks’ dearth of quality assets.

WOODY STEAMING: Mike Woodson was furious with the Knicks after their 34-point loss to Indiana.

“It was like we didn’t show up,” he told reporters in Indiana.

Carmelo Anthony questioned his team’s effort.

When asked about the possibility of making a trade, the Knicks star told reporters, “"You can go out there and trade for anybody," he said. "If they don't give you the effort, that's defeating the purpose."

EARL THE PEARL ON THE MIC: Hall of Famer and Knicks legend Earl Monroe will fill in for his former backcourt partner Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier as an analyst on Friday for Knicks-Raptors.

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Ian Begley

ESPN New York Writer

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