Woodson hopeful Wallace returns

February, 27, 2013
2/27/13
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The Knicks, according to Mike Woodson, are not thinking about cutting Rasheed Wallace at the moment.

Woodson said on Wednesday that he hopes Wallace can return sometime in the postseason.

"If the surgery is successful, then he’s got to put forth the effort to rehab and we’ll welcome him back when he’s ready to go," Woodson said.

"He’s just got to stay mentally tough and put in the work and see what happens."

Wallace will undergo surgery this week to repair a fractured bone in his left foot, the team announced Wednesday.

Recovery time for the surgery is approximately eight weeks, according to the Knicks, so Wallace likely will miss the rest of the regular season and at least the first week of the playoffs.

A league source with knowledge of the team's thinking expects the Knicks to keep Wallace on the roster for the rest of the season. If the Knicks want to open up a roster spot, they will have to release another player or elect not to re-sign Martin.

Woodson said the Knicks haven't considering cutting Wallace at this point.

"The only thing I’ve thought about right now is his health and going through the surgery successful and seeing what happens from there," Woodson said.

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