Knicks president Isiah Thomas is stockpiling big men and will add 6-foot-11 Mengke Bateer to the preseason roster on Monday, The Post has learned.
Thomas is also continuing to shop Kurt Thomas - who's not athletic enough for Isiah's liking. If Thomas is traded, Knicks brass would have no problem starting a frontcourt tandem of Nazr Mohammed and Vin Baker, who's coming off surgery to correct a rapid heartbeat that's gone undetected for several years. A muscular Michael Sweetney, the Knicks' summer-league star, could also vie for the starting power forward job.
Meanwhile, Allan Houston is expected to discuss the rehab status of his arthritic knees at a Harlem school appearance today.
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