Apr. 17, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Earl Barron (42) on the court against the Atlanta Hawks during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks Rumors: Knicks reportedly back and forth on signing Earl Barron

When discussing the dozens of names linked to the New York Knicks over the course of the past month it seems like Earl Barron’s name has become a popular one among many Knicks fans.

I have reported on a few occasions about mutual interest in both parties reaching a deal. Now it seems like those rumors are heating up again, although with a twist.

Apr. 17, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Earl Barron (42) on the court against the Atlanta Hawks during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

According to Bleacher Report’s Jared Zwerling, the Knicks are split on the potential of signing Barron.

Zwerling notes through a source that the Knicks coaches want to sign Barron, but ownership is in no rush to do so.

Barron, 32, appeared in seven games (six starts) for the Knicks in 2009-10, averaging 11.7 points and 11.0 rebounds over 33.1 minutes. Last season he only played in one regular season game for the Knicks, an 11-point, 18-rebound performance on April 17 against the Hawks.

However in that short stint, Barron apparently impressed Knicks coach Mike Woodson.

Barron makes a lot of sense as the Knicks do not have a legitimate backup to Tyson Chandler currently on the roster. Considering the fact that the Knicks were a very poor rebounding team a season ago and weren’t that great defensively, adding a big body that could rebound and defend for short stretches seems ideal. Cutting Chandler’s minutes by a couple per night also makes sense as he broke down last season. Barron is a guy that could help in all those departments.

It’s unclear what the Knicks are planning to do with their last three roster spots for the regular season, as they currently have 12 players under guaranteed contracts for 2013-14.

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