Speaking of the Ewing family, reports indicate that Patrick Ewing Jr., drafted in the second round of last month's draft by Sacramento, may be sent to Houston as part of the deal that sends Ron Artest to the Rockets and could be waived thereafter.
Which means Donnie Walsh, who said he liked the younger Ewing, could snap him up and invite him to training camp.
Young Patrick probably becomes nothing more than a rotation player in the NBA, if he sticks at all, but he's one of those intangible players coaches and executives seem to like.
Inviting Ewing to camp makes sense as a gesture of goodwill and as a fan confection.
However, this still doesn't explain the roster cleansing move. Oh, yes, I understand that Balkman's lifestyle choices were keeping him from making professional progress on the court but I sense something more going on.
I don't believe for a second that Jerome James or Marbury will be around much longer.
To me this points to a multi-player deal being assembled behind the scenes and on the horizon. My logic?
Ewing and Roberson are strictly light-weight additions assuming either make it to opening day. Subtract Marbury and JJ and the Knicks are at 11 players or so. that leaves quite a bit of wiggle room in terms of accepting more contracts in than we might send out.
BTW: Sean Singletary has been waived and deserves a look. An undersized but interesting fellow.