Knicks don't land big man

Updated: February 25, 2011, 7:31 AM ET
By Chris Sheridan | ESPNNewYork.com

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The New York Knicks weren't able to acquire any size at the NBA trade deadline, although team president Donnie Walsh said the team was in discussions to acquire "two or three" of the big men who switched teams Thursday.

"They were talking to other people obviously, so it didn't get done," Walsh said, without specifically saying which players he was trying to acquire.

Several centers were traded Thursday on the final day to make trades this season, with Kendrick Perkins going from Boston to Oklahoma City, Nazr Mohammed going from Charlotte to Oklahoma City, Semih Erden going from Boston to Cleveland, Hasheem Thabeet going from Memphis to Houston and Joel Przybilla being dealt from Portland to Charlotte.

"Some of these guys we talked about, probably two or three of them," Walsh said. "We want to look what we can come up with without a trade, so we'll continue to look at people who go on the waiver wire and that sort of thing, and then see if there's another option, somebody that's not in the NBA."

Walsh said there was a small possibility of signing a player from overseas, but he said there had been no discussions about trying to add Jerome Jordan, a second-round draft pick they acquired from Milwaukee last summer who is currently playing in Serbia. The Knicks continue to hold his rights.

Asked if he had interest in any D-League players, Walsh said: "It could be there, it could be other places."

The Knicks currently have 15 players on their roster after making their 13-player trade with Minnesota and Denver earlier this week headlined by the acquisitions of Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups, but they have just one center (Ronny Turiaf) on the roster and were so size-deprived Wednesday night against Milwaukee they used forward Shawne Williams to defend Bucks center Andrew Bogut.

New York would have to waive a player to clear a roster spot, and the most likely candidate would be shooting guard Roger Mason, who hasn't played since Jan. 12 and has missed 15 of his 16 shot attempts this season.

Chris Sheridan covers the NBA for ESPN.com and is a frequent contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.

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