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Source: Knicks discuss adding K-Mart

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Could K-Mart be New York-bound?

With uncertainty surrounding Rasheed Wallace's left foot injury, the New York Knicks have discussed internally the possibility of bringing in free-agent forward Kenyon Martin, a league source confirmed.

Wallace missed practice Wednesday and has missed the Knicks' last 12 games due to the stress reaction in his left foot.

Coach Mike Woodson said Wednesday that Wallace might start running next week, so his return to the floor isn't imminent. Thus, the interest in Martin.

Yahoo! first reported the Knicks' interest in Martin. The website also reported that Martin, 35, would be "open-minded" to signing a 10-day contract to show the Knicks that he can contribute.

The Knicks have not yet reached out to Martin's representative, according to a league source.

If the Knicks were to bring Martin in, they'd have to release a player from their 15-man roster to make room for him. All of the Knicks' salaries are guaranteed, so the team would likely be forced to pay the remainder of the released player's salary if he wasn't claimed by another team.

Kurt Thomas, James White, Chris Copeland and Wallace are on one-year, veteran's minimum contracts and could be candidates to be released, if necessary.

But given the fact that Mike Woodson asked Wallace to come out of retirement, it's hard to see his getting released. Unless, of course, his injury prohibits him from playing.

Wallace's injury was originally described by the team as a sore left foot and he was listed as day-to-day. The team then clarified and called his injury a stress reaction after a report described it as a stress fracture.

"I'm hoping here next week that he can run a little bit, start back running," Woodson said. "He's been doing a lot of things, he's been shooting and all. He's been doing things in the pool area but he's not ready to go yet in uniform."

When healthy, Wallace provided a strong presence in the post for the Knicks. He also gave them a strong post defender off the bench. In 20 games, he averaged 7.2 points and 3.2 rebounds in 14.6 minutes.

Martin, if he's in shape, could help the Knicks' interior defense and boost their rebounding. The Knicks (23-11) have the sixth-worst rebounding differential in the league (minus-2.9).

Martin averaged 5.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and one block in 22.4 minutes over 42 games with the Los Angeles Clippers last season.

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