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#Knicks announce Kurt Thomas has been waived. Glen Grunwald explained in the following statement:
"Once it became clear that he would not be able to return this season, and due to a rash of injuries to our big men, we felt that it was important for us to free-up a spot on our roster."
Grunwald went on to say, "We thank Kurt for all that he has done. I have the utmost respect for Kurt as a player and as a man."
The statement began with a nod to Thomas' last game as a Knick: his gritty effort in a critical win at Utah, which started the 13-game winning streak.
"Kurt's contributions to the Knicks have been immeasurable. From the first day of training camp to the last game against the Utah Jazz, Kurt has been a key contributor to our team. The team's success this season has been driven by veteran leadership on and off the court -- it is someething that cannot be quantified or read in a box score."
It seems cold to cut a 40-year-old injured veteran this late in the season, but it's unfortunately a part of the business. The Knicks can not afford to go into the playoffs without all 15 players having the potential to be available to them. As it is, there is no certaintly to when or if Amar'e Stoudemire will be available and Marcus Camby's condition is also a concern. But both players are on multi-year contracts.
Thomas set a great example on this team. If only there was a way to keep him in the organization so he could be around for the playoffs.