Knicks Fear Wallace Could Be Out For Season

January 17 2013 at 8:36am CDT By Luke Adams

THURSDAY, 8:36am: Wallace says he isn't letting a "little sore foot" derail his comeback season, indicating that he doesn't plan to be out for the rest of the year, tweets Marc Berman of the New York Post.

WEDNESDAY, 4:54pm: Rasheed Wallace hasn't appeared in a Knicks game in over a month, and some members of the organization are starting to worry that he'll be out for an extended period of time, if not the season, according to Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com.

Wallace, 38, is sidelined with what the Knicks are calling a "stress reaction" in his left foot. While Mike Woodson previously expressed optimism that the big man could start running this week, the Knicks coach told reporters in London that it'll be a little longer before that happens.

With the Knicks in a holding pattern while they wait for Wallace to get healthy, some members of the organization want to immediately pursue a replacement, according to Begley, who notes that Kenyon Martin has been discussed internally. Other members of the Knicks, such as Woodson, would rather give Wallace more time to heal and see if he's able to return to the court.

Because Wallace's and Chris Copeland's contracts became guaranteed last week, the Knicks now have 15 guaranteed deals on their roster. So if New York were to sign a free agent, the team would have to cut someone, likely Wallace, and eat his salary.

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