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Knicks Sign Chris Douglas-Roberts

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The Knicks have signed Shooting Guard / Small Forward Chris Douglas-Roberts. The 26 year-old Douglas-Roberts last played for the Mavericks. Justin Brownlee was waived to make room for Douglas-Roberts on the roster (NBA teams can only have 20 players in training camp). 

-Tommy 

Knicks Sign Cole Aldrich

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Tyson Chandler finally has a backup. The Knicks signed Center Cole Aldrich to a non-guaranteed deal on Tuesday, meaning that they have 19 people in training camp (the max is 20). Aldrich was drafted 11th overall in 2010, but has battled knee problems throughout his career. Aldrich is a good rebounder, a good shot blocker, and a decent scorer. He boasts fantastic per-36 minute stats of 9 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game (2, 2.3, and 0.5 in 8 minutes). Aldrich is certainly a nice addition, and will be a good backup for Chandler… if he can stay healthy

-Tommy Rothman 

 

Knicks Sign Ikechukwa Diogu to Training Camp Deal

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The New York Knicks have invited PF Ikechukwa (Ike) Diogu to training camp, meaning they have 2 spots left. Diogu is a bit undersized for a big man, but his absurdly long arms make up for that. He can’t do much on offense, but he seems athletic and could be a decent option on the roll (a very poor man’s Tyson), and on defense he should be competent. He also can rebound decently, so he should make some noise in the 15th man race. Still, he seems like little more than Jeremy Tyler insurance. Carry on.

-Tommy Rothman

Knicks Sign Josh Powell (Training Camp & Roster Update)

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The Knicks have signed PF Josh Powell to a non-guaranteed training camp contract. Powell is strong, athletic, and a good rebounder. Powell last played in the 2010-2011 season as a 28 year-old, averaging 4 points, 2.5 rebounds, in 12.1 minutes per game, which translates to a healthy “per-36” line of 12.3 PPG and 7.5 RPG. 

New York has 3 more spaces left on their Training Camp roster, which currently consists of Ray Felton, Pablo Prigioni, Toure Murry, Beno Udrih, Iman Shumpert, J.R Smith, Tim Hardaway Jr, Chris Smith Carmelo Anthony, Metta World Peace, CJ Leslie, Andrea Bargnani, Amar’e Stoudemire, Kenyon Martin, Powell, Tyson Chandler, and Jeremy Tyler. 

Felton, Prigioni, Udrih, Shumpert, J.R, Hardaway, Carmelo, Metta, Bargnani, Stoudemire, Martin, and Chandler will definitely be on the roster, leaving Leslie, the injured Tyler, Chris Smith, Powell, Murry, and 3 other yet-to-be determined training camp invitees to compete for the final 3 roster spots on Coach Woodson’s team.

-Tommy Rothman

Knicks Will Have Toure Murry In Training Camp After PG Turns Down Miami’s Offer

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The Miami Heat made a strong push for Toure Murry, but the D-League Stud and Summer League  Standout will be joining the New York Knicks in training camp in an attempt to win a roster spot. Murry looked very good in Vegas, and has produced throughout his career (at the lower levels), but has an uphill battle ahead of him as the Knicks already have several guards under contract. One person Murry will be competing with is Chris Smith, who signed with the Knicks on a non-guaranteed contract with a training camp invite this week. Murry also has to compete with free agent guards such as Rip Hamilton (who the Knicks might have interest in). And of course, Murry also needs to compete with bigger players, because the Knicks only have one roster spot left and definitely need more depth in the frontcourt. It’s always nice to keep somebody away from the Heat, and Murry has promise, but whether he makes the team remains to be seen

-Tommy Rothman

Knicks sign Chris Smith, Will Have J.R’s Brother in Training Camp

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The Knicks gave Point Guard Chris Smith a training camp invite (which is essentially a non-guaranteed contract) and will take a look at the younger brother of their star sixth man J.R. Smith in October. Chris Smith was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Louisville before last season, but was cut after suffering a knee injury before the season started. Now, Chris has another chance.

-Tommy Rothman

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Knicks Invite Jeremy Tyler to Training Camp

 

By Tommy Rothman

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The Knicks have finally taken a step to addressing their thin frontcourt. Sources indicated Friday night that the Knicks have given summer league standout Jeremy Tyler an invite to training camp, where he will be afforded a strong opportunity to earn a spot on the NBA roster. Tyler is a freakish athlete who has natural instincts for defense and rebounding. He is incredibly raw on offense, but his athleticism provides hope that he can become a servicable player on that end, as well. The Knicks hope he can emerge as a solid option at center and power forward. Best-case scenario, he becomes a player in the Tyson Chandler mold. Either way, Tyler has value, and let’s hope that the Knicks hit it big on this low-risk, high-reward investment. 

Note: Most training camp invites include a non-guaranteed 1 year contract, so if the Knicks decide they want Tyler, they probably have him in their grasp.