Mar 23, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; Wichita State Shockers forward Cleanthony Early (11) reacts after scoring against the Kentucky Wildcats during the second half in the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men

Cleanthony Early, Knicks agree to deal

Since the New York Knicks re-signed superstar Carmelo Anthony, all has been quiet for a couple of weeks now for team president Phil Jackson and his staff.

The Knicks got busy again on Friday when they finally had some news to announce as it pertains to signing one of their draft picks.

The team announced on Friday that it has come to terms with second-round pick (No. 34 overall) Cleanthony Early.

The Wichita State forward pretty much had to settle for a minimum deal, although terms were not officially released.

The Knicks are well over the cap and have no exceptions other than the minimum-salary exception to use. That exception limits the contract to no more than two years. Although Early’s deal could be for one year at the minimum, it is likely that the Knicks signed him to a two-year pact.

Early is one of three Knicks’ second-round picks, though it’s unclear whether the team intends to sign 51st overall selection Thanasis Antetokounmpo or No. 57 pick Louis Labeyrie this year. Considering the fact that Early is now the 15th Knicks player under contract, I wouldn’t bet on it.

The 23-year old averaged 16.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game last year for the Shockers and is expected to play a role off the bench this year for the Knicks.


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