GREENBURGH, N.Y. - The Knicks could use a spare big man with Tyson Chandler out four to six weeks with a fractured right fibula. But there's no indication the team is going to sign former NBA center Jason Collins, a free agent who played for coach Mike Woodson in Atlanta and last spring became the first active American male professional athlete to announce he is gay.
"I don't know what he's done," Woodson said of Collins, 31. "It's hard for me to really even comment on Jason or any big right now until I sit and talk with about him. Just kind of see who's out there. Because I'm sure there's a list of some bigs, but who they are I don't know."
Along with Collins, available free-agent big men include former Knick Earl Barron and Ike Diogu, who was in training camp with the club this year, plus DeSagana Diop and Louis Amundson. The Knicks are also waiting on project Jeremy Tyler, who is rehabbing a foot injury while on the roster of their D-League affiliate in Erie, Pa.