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Kelenna Azubuike
Kelenna Azubuike
Position: None
Born: 12/16/83
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
“You guys got the roster … You can do the math,” Nelson said when asked about Haywood. “[But] that’s not the only route to clear space.” The amnesty clause allows teams to waive a player and not have his salary count against the cap. However, the player would still receive his salary. The Mavs also could renounce the rights to guard Vince Carter, center Brandan Wright and guard Kelenna Azubuike to clear space.
The Dallas Mavericks signed swingman Kelenna Azubuike to fill the roster spot vacated by Thursday’s release of Sean Williams. Although Azubuike hasn’t played since early in the 2009-10 season because of a knee injury, Mavericks officials are intrigued by the progress Azubuike has made in his rehabilitation efforts, sources said. Azubuike will receive a deal for the rest of this season and a team option for next season, sources said. He will start his comeback with the Frisco-based Texas Legends, Dallas’ D-League affiliate. He is expected to practice with the Legends on Friday and could play for them as early as Saturday night against the Reno Bighorns at home, sources said.
Kelenna Azubuike is always accomodating when it comes to granting interviews, but at this point he’s getting tired of the same question. “Very tired,” he corrected. After watching him in the practice scrimmage today, however, I don’t think you need to ask him how he and his surgically-repaired knee feels. It’s visually evident that it’s improved dramatically since the start of the season. He’s still not impressively explosive or noticably athletic, but he doesn’t stand out in a bad way, either. “I feel closer than I’ve ever been,” Azubuike said as he walked off the court. What’s more important is Mike D’Antoni, this time, agrees. “He’s getting closer, that’s for sure,” D’Antoni said. “I didn’t think he’d even get this close. We’ll keep evaluating him and we’ll see after the all- star break how he’s doing and see if there’s some opportunities to get him on the floor.”
Rookie guard Andy Rautins and Kelenna Azubuike’s expiring contract have been discussed as parts of the Carmelo Anthony three-team package, The Post has learned. The Knicks have to add more pieces to the reported three-team trade proposal for Anthony to make it work from a talent and financial perspective for the Nuggets, according to NBA sources.
As he iced the long scar on his left knee an hour before tipoff, Knicks guard and former Tulsa Victory Christian standout Kelenna Azubuike insists he is close to playing for the first time since Nov. 14, 2009, after major surgery on his patella tendon. “It’s all about patience, really. I’ll be back soon,” said Azubuike, who has been on the Knicks’ inactive list all season. “It’s been tough mentally. You’ve just got to stay with it. I feel myself getting better every day, I have people encouraging me. I’m good.”
Azubuike will sit on the bench in a suit tonight when the Knicks (4-8) face the Warriors. He had patella tendon surgery Nov. 18, 2009, and Golden State sources believed it would take him one full year before he would play again. “It’s about that time,” Azubuike said. “It’s getting really close. I smell it. A couple of more scrimmages under my belt, get plays down more and I’ll be good to go. It’s just a matter of time.”
Kelenna Azubuike made the European trip as he continues to rehab his knee. He feels he’ll be cleared to practice in the next two weeks. “I’m closer than a lot of of people think,” Azubuike said. “I’ll just be out there and you guys will be like: “Who’s that?” Azubuike is still building strength in the knee’s patella tendon that was surgically repaired last November. “I have to do everything with 100 percent strength,” he said. “I keep working on getting more strength around the knee. It’s getting stronger and stronger.”