The New York Knicks are set to sign 38-year-old Rasheed Wallace and when they do they will officially become the oldest team in NBA history, according to The Wall Street Journal citing Stats LLC:
Assuming Wallace signs, their top 13 players would be, on average, 32 years and 240 days old—the oldest team in NBA history, according to Stats LLC. No team has ever gotten so much older from one season to the next.
The average age of a player on the Knicks has increased by almost five years from year to date. General manager Glen Grunwald called the current team “hungry veterans that know how to win.”
Still, despite all of the obvious aging that the team did this offseason, the news does come with perhaps a token of good luck. The team that was previously considered the oldest in league history was the 1997-98 Knicks, a team led by then head coach Jeff Van Gundy that beat the Miami Heat 3-2 in the first round of the playoffs en route to an appearance in the semi-finals against the Indiana Pacers. The following season, Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas joined the team and they went to the NBA Finals.