Oct 20, 2012; Albany, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Chris Copeland (14) hits a three point basket against the Boston Celtics during the first half at Times Union Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

New York Knicks Opening Roster Set

The New York Knicks had until Monday to set their roster at the maximum number of 15 players, but they got that out of the way early.

Oct 13, 2012; Hartford, CT, USA; New York Knicks forward Chris Copeland (14) dunks the ball against the Boston Celtics during the second half at XL Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

There weren’t many decisions to make anyway.

The Knicks announced on Saturday afternoon that Henry Sims, John Shurna, Oscar Bellfield and Mychel Thompson have been waived.

Each player received minutes during the preseason, but out of all the training camp invites, Chris Copeland stood out the most. Now that the roster stands at 15, it’s very likely that Copeland and Rasheed Wallace will lock up the Knicks’ final two guaranteed roster spots; although it could be possible the Knicks could go outside of the organization to add depth, but that is extremely doubtful at this time.

A source close to Copeland told ESPNNewYork.com on Wednesday that he believed the 28-year-old would make the team.

With Amar’e Stoudemire’s timetable uncertain, Copeland could see 15-20 minutes off the bench to provide versatile scoring he showed in the preseason. Copeland put up a combined 55 points in the Knicks’ two meetings against the Celtics, proving he could score in Mike Woodson’s offense.

As for Wallace, he began competing in 5-on-5 action, so apparently he’s a little bit closer to seeing some actual game action.

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