Melo to miss Bobcats game

Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Kenyon Martin will not play on Monday night in Charlotte, according to the Knicks.

The absences are expected.

The Knicks say Anthony is out due to a sore left shoulder. Anthony said after Sunday's win over the Pacers that he'd probably sit out of the Bobcats game because the matchup is inconsequential for the Knicks.

New York has clinched the Atlantic Division title and the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, so they have nothing left to accomplish in the regular season.

Chandler and Martin have been battling injuries but both are expected to be ready for the playoffs.

Chandler has missed five consecutive games and 15 of the past 19 due to a bulging disk in his neck. Martin has missed the past three games with a sprained left ankle.

Head coach Mike Woodson said on Sunday that the swelling in Martin's left ankle has receded.

"We're all pleased about that," Woodson said.

There's a chance that Rasheed Wallace will suit up for the Knicks against Charlotte.

Wallace has not played since Dec. 13 due to a stress fracture in his left foot. He had surgery in late February to repair the injury. Wallace has been running for the past few days.

Woodson said Wallace's status for Monday's game was dependent on how he felt on Monday morning.

With their big men seemingly on the way back, the Knicks on Monday waived forward/center Solomon Jones.

The Knicks signed Jones on Friday to provide relief for all of the injuries on their front line.

Jones looked out of sync at times in his two games with the Knicks, which was expected because he had little time to practice with his teammates.

In one start and one game off of the bench, Jones averaged 1.5 rebounds, 0.5 blocks and 1.5 turnovers in 13 minutes.

The team is expected to sign a player to fill the roster spot vacated by Jones.

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