Kurt Thomas likely to be waived to make room for James Singleton

Kurt Thomas of the Knicks takes a shot Kurt Thomas of the Knicks takes a shot against the Washington Wizards. (Nov. 30, 2012) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

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CHICAGO -- Kurt Thomas helped the Knicks start their 13-game winning streak but probably won't be around to see how this season ends.

The Knicks likely will waive Thomas to create a roster spot to sign another forward, and James Singleton is the target. Nothing is official yet.

"The name is dangling,'' Mike Woodson said Thursday.

Thomas, 40, might have surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right foot and was not going to be able to play again this season regardless. But despite the foot injury, he played 27 minutes in Utah on March 18 when the Knicks needed bodies. His defense helped them snap a four-game losing streak.

"That Utah game stands out because that really jump-started us to where we are today,'' Woodson said. "I had nowhere else to go and Kurt, the [27] minutes put him in the position he's in, in terms of him probably not being able to play again this year.''

"I think that game in Utah Kurt won for us really turned the ship around,'' Carmelo Anthony said. "For him to go out there and be playing on a fractured foot and do the things that he did that game to help us win that game on the road, he helped us right that ship. It started from that game. It started from his play. I don't think he gets enough credit for that.''

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Thomas is very popular in the locker room, but the Knicks plan to cut him because they have six injured power forwards/centers, including Tyson Chandler and Kenyon Martin, and want to add someone. Thomas is the only one on an expiring contract who definitely won't return in the postseason.

Singleton, a 6-8 forward, played in China last season. Getting clearance could be one of the reasons the deal's not done yet. He was in Chicago, was expected to fly with the Knicks to Cleveland and could be available for Friday night's game if everything goes through.

Singleton has averaged 3.9 points and 3.7 rebounds in 243 NBA games for the Clippers, Mavericks and Wizards.

Injury updates

Woodson said Martin's sprained left ankle "was a lot better,'' but he stayed back in New York and got treatment. Woodson said there is no timetable for Martin and Chandler (neck) and called them "day-to-day.'' The Knicks expect to have both back for the playoffs and hope Marcus Camby (plantar fasciitis) and Rasheed Wallace (foot surgery) will be available. Woodson said "maybe next week'' Wallace will start running.

Coach Amar'e

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Amar'e Stoudemire, who is unlikely to return from right knee surgery for the first round, will be an assistant coach for the Canadian men's team at the 2013 Maccabiah Games in Israel this summer.

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