GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The Knicks could establish an infirmary at this point for all their injured big men. Amar'e Stoudemire (right knee debridement), Tyson Chandler (neck strain), Rasheed Wallace (fractured left foot) and Kurt Thomas (right foot stress reaction) are all currently out.
With that being said, Mike Woodson plans to meet with GM Glen Grunwald soon to see if adding a big makes sense. Of course, the Knicks would have to cut a player first to maintain a 15-man roster.
"I haven't talked to him," the coach said after Wednesday morning's shootaround. "I'll sit down with Glen to just kind of see where we are. He'll give me some kind of leeway on where we are right now."
But Woodson said that he had no further information on potential personnel moves.
"No, not at all," he said. "Our team is set right now."
A source close to the Knicks said that Grunwald "needs to make that call ASAP," referring to releasing a player to sign someone else. However, the big man field is small, which includes Hilton Armstrong, Tony Battie, Josh Boone, Brian Cook, Dan Gadzuric, Troy Murphy, Josh Powell, Samardo Samuels, Henry Sims, Ben Wallace, Hakim Warrick, Hassan Whiteside and Sean Williams.
The source said that the Knicks should target the 6-9, 240-pound Powell, who's currently playing for Greek powerhouse, Olympiacos, because the 30-year-old is "still young and strong, and a solid rebounder." While Sims and Samuels have been blowing up in the D-League this season, they're both younger and Woodson prefers veterans. That's why Kenyon Martin was brought in, and he's added a big boost defensively.
The other issue is that the Knicks have had offensive issues lately, stemming from their inconsistencies attacking the lane and getting to the foul line. While they've been missing Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd and Pablo Prigioni are limited facilitating off the bench, and Iman Shumpert is still working his way back from an ACL repair.
That's why they've been monitoring Delonte West in the D-League. The point guard would also improve the Knicks' perimeter defense with his toughness, which is needed against the backcourt-oriented Heat and the top teams out west.
"They need quick and speedy to score more in transition and get into the paint to make plays," the source said.
Overall, the Knicks have two areas of concern. While their frontcourt is banged up -- not to mention, Marcus Camby's minutes will be limited looking ahead -- they're also hurting for offense, which Woodson is more concerned about.
"Defensively, we haven't been bad," he said. "For the most part, our defense has kind of held us in games. We just haven't been able to sustain it because of our offense struggling."
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