Knicks cut Houston, hope to keep him within organization

Updated: October 23, 2008, 5:13 PM ET
By Andrew Marchand | Special to

The Knicks have cut Allan Houston, but they hope to keep him in the organization in a yet-to-be determined role. It is the second consecutive year that Houston's return to the court has failed.

Knicks' Big Four

If Allan Houston never plays another NBA game, he'll finish with the fourth-most points in Knicks history.

  Career Points
Patrick Ewing 23,665
Walt Frazier 14,617
Willis Reed 12,183
Allan Houston 11,165

"Although I was very excited about potentially joining my teammates this year in uniform, I believe that the circumstances suggest that I am best suited to serve the team in a different role," Houston said as part of a statement.

Houston did not appear in any of the Knicks' preseason games because of an injured quad. Last year, he appeared in one exhibition game. Houston last played in the NBA in the 2004-05 season. He was forced to retire because of arthritic knees.

"It made it tough," Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said. "And then a lot of times you've got to get breaks in our league in the sense of things had to open up and maybe something came out in some moves or whatever. Because nothing opened up, and then him not playing, just kind of couldn't do it at that point."

Knicks president Donnie Walsh said he thought Houston could be a good liaison between the players and the front office, so a newly created position in player development is a strong possibility.

The Knicks also waived Dan Grunfeld, who is the son of former Knicks and current Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld. The Knicks are now down to 16 players on their roster. All teams need to be at 15 before the season-opener.

Andrew Marchand is the managing editor of 1050 ESPN Radio in New York. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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