Bench players Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih had limited roles with the New York Knicks and just days after they were bought out, the Knicks seem to have found their replacements. NBA insider Chris Broussard is reporting that the Knicks have already agreed to a 10-day contract with Earl Clark and, in addition, they are on the verge of signing Shannon Brown to a 10-day contract.
New York is attempting to bolster its defense with the 6-foot-10 forward Clark who was most recently a member of the Philadelphia 76ers before being waived. Clark was released the same day he was received in a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers. In 45 games this season, he’s averaged 5.2 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. Clark is a five-year veteran and will only see minimal time as a Knick if the signing goes through.
Shannon Brown has played for six different teams in his eight-year NBA career. The 6-foot-4 guard played 10 games for the San Antonio Spurs this season and was signed to back-to-back 10-day contracts with the team. They have yet to re-sign him and that’s where the Knicks have reportedly stepped in and negotiated a deal with Brown. He’s averaging just 2.3 points per game this season, but was productive last season with an average of 10.5 points in 59 games.
Whether either of these deals are confirmed and actually happen, it doesn’t mean much for the Knicks who are 21-36 and getting worse by the day. The team seems to be cursed this season and two bench players who are playing from one 10-day contract to the next aren’t going to help them. There aren’t any players currently out there who can help the Knicks. At this point, the possible signings of Clark and Brown are simply replacements for World Peace and Udrih. Brown may see more time than Clark depending on what happens to Raymond Felton after his arrest. But don’t expect much from these minor signings.