Berman: The Knicks will eventually open a roster spot, possibly for Earl Barron.

First of all, Happy Valentine's Day, you amorous beasts. I love each and every one of you. Speaking of which, the beloved Marc Berman has been on this open roster spot beat for a while. He's long been under the impression that, whether or not they trade for Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks will cut the contract of Eddy Curry and/or Kelenna Azubuike and free a slot for a new player to be signed. In an article today, Berman suggests that Earl Barron ("The Aristocrat") might eventually reappear in orange and blue.

Donnie Walsh still believes the team's greatest need is a center to take the load off now-injured Amar'e Stoudemire -- and Earl Barron has emerged as the most likely candidate to be acquired, The Post has learned.

The Knicks will have an open roster spot one way or another after the Feb. 24 trade deadline and Walsh has intentions of bringing Barron back to the organization, according to an NBA source.

The 6-foot-11 Barron was cut by Phoenix on Dec. 22, and has been waiting patiently for the Knicks to open up a roster spot, according to a source.

(Alan Hahn, by the way, twat his corroboration of the rumor). In his previous stint with the Knicks, Barron was fairly solid. He rebounded nicely, showed off a decent mid-range game, and had a very interestingly shaped skull. Surely, any of those qualities would be a welcome addition to this undersized Knicks lineup. Any move of this nature, though, will undoubtedly wait until the trade deadline has passed and Donnie Walsh has pulled off whatever wizardry he has in store.

We've had this discussion before, but...should a spot open up (for the sake of the exercise, let's assume the rest of the roster stays as currently composed), who ya got? Would Barron be your choice, or do you think the Knicks could do better? Would you prefer a point guard, or perhaps a different big man? Would you rather the Knicks just sign Top Cat? I would.

(Update: Tip of the hat to choplo for jumping on this in the Fanshots.)

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