Knicks Set Final Roster By Keeping Shawne Williams, Cutting Patrick Ewing Jr.

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Knicks Waive Patrick Ewing Jr., Keep Shawne Williams For Final Roster Spot

The Knicks made Patrick Ewing Jr. their final roster cut for the second time in three seasons, reports Steve Adamek of the Bergen Record. The 26-year-old lost out to fellow small forward Shawne Williams because, Adamek says, Williams is a better shooter:

“It was very close,” [Donnie] Walsh said. “Patrick, I thought, was a very good defender, played hard ... but Shawne is a shooter and with Mike [D'Antoni]’s system, shooting’s going to be a big factor.”

In four preseason games, Ewing Jr. averaged 1.8 points and 0.5 rebounds in 6 minutes. Williams, two years younger than Ewing Jr., posted averages of 3 points and 2.3 rebounds in 4.8 minutes.

Adamek says Ewing Jr., who has never played a regular-season game at the NBA level, will not give up on his career.

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Knicks Sign Patrick Ewing Jr. To Partially Guaranteed Contract

The New York Knicks added another player to their roster today when they announced the signing of forward Patrick Ewing Jr., the son of Knicks Hall-of-Fame center Patrick Ewing. Howard Beck of the New York Times reports that Ewing Jr.‘s deal is partially guaranteed, meaning, "he’s likely competing for roster spot in October."

New York initially acquired Ewing Jr.‘s draft rights from the Houston Rockets in August 2008, but did not add him to the big-league club; indeed, Ewing has never played a game at the NBA level. He played the 2008/09 season for the D-League’s Reno Bighorns, averaging 16.8 points per game, but missed last season due to injury.

Most recently, he played for the Knicks’ summer-league squad in Las Vegas and for the Orlando Magic’s club, which his father coached, in the Orlando summer league. NBA.com has listed his complete summer-league stats with both teams here. Note that he was selected as an honorable mention to the Orlando All-Summer League teams.

Ewing Jr., 26, is an athletic, 6-foot-8 player who can fill either forward position. If he makes the final roster, he would be a solid fit in coach Mike D’Antoni’s uptempo offense due to his ability to fill the lanes in transition. However, his iffy outside shot could work against him in a halfcourt setting.

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Landry Fields Signs WIth Knicks, Says Landry Fields

Second-round draft pick Landry Fields, whom the Knicks took 39th overall in June, has signed with the Knicks. This news comes directly from an elated Fields, who posted the following message to his Twitter account earlier this afternoon:

Officially signed my contract for the New York Knicks!less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone


No word on what sorts of guarantees, if any, Fields’ deal has. As Fields is a second-round pick, the Knicks are under no obligation to guarantee his salary. We’ll update this StoryStream if and when we learn any more on that front.

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Knicks Announce Signing Of Draft Pick Andy Rautins

The New Yorks Knicks announced the signing of second round draft pick Andy Rautins today.

The full release:

New York Knickerbockers President of Basketball Operations Donnie Walsh announced today that the team has signed guard Andy Rautins, the 38th overall selection in the 2010 NBA Draft, to a player contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Rautins, 6-4, 194-pounds, played four seasons at Syracuse University and averaged 12.1 points and 4.9 assists as a senior in 2009-10. He finished his collegiate career ranked second on the school’s all-time list for three-point field goals made (282) and attempted (754). He also became the 53rd Syracuse player to score at least 1,000 career points (1,121). In 2010 NBA Summer League play in Las Vegas, Rautins averaged 5.8 points, 1.4 assists and 23.9 minutes in five games as a member of the Knicks entry.

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Knicks Take Landry Fields At No. 39

The Knicks went with Landry Fields, the forward from Stanford who hadn’t received much hype from Knicks camp in the days leading up to the draft.

The senior scorer looks like he’ll be the last acquisition for the Knicks on the night despite a lot of talk about New York wanting to move up into the first round.

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Knicks Choose Syracuse's Andy Rautins At No. 38

The Knicks opted not to trade up, and went with the home state boy, Andy Rautins from Syracuse, with their first of two back-to-back picks in the second round.

Rautins is a 6-foot-5 gunner, a senior out of Syracuse, who probably went a little bit higher than some might have expected.

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