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Knicks Drop St. John’s Brownlee, Add Douglas-Roberts
GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Justin Brownlee may have had one of the briefest stints in Knicks’ history.
The former St. John’s forward lasted just one day in training camp Tuesday before he was waived and replaced with former Net and former Memphis standout Chris Douglas-Roberts.
“We just went in another direction with that,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Wednesday. “I think [Brownlee] is good enough to play on our D-League team and there’s a chance he will be on that team so we’ll see.”
The 6-foot-7 Brownlee was a member of New York’s entry in the NBA Summer League each of last two summers, and averaged 4.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.20 steals this past July in Las Vegas.
He played for San Diego of the ABA last season after playing for Maine (NBADL) and in Mexico (Nuevo Laredo) in 2011-12. The Tifton, GA native played two seasons at St. John’s, recording 9.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists over 24.5 minutes in 65 games.
Meantime, the 6-7 Douglas-Roberts played for John Calipari at Memphis and has NBA experience with several teams.
Douglas-Roberts holds career averages of 7.5 points, on 44.2-percent shooting, over 20.3 minutes in 161 games (52 starts) over four seasons with New Jersey, Milwaukee and Dallas.
“We had him in earlier in the month and we brought him back,” Woodson said. “He’s been around the league. He’s a kid that can score the basketball. We know that, so he’s going to be a part of our training camp, see how he fits in.”
Carmelo Anthony praised CDR as well.
“I saw him play a lot actually in college,” Anthony said. “He was in the league. He can score the basketball for sure. He can definitely do that. So I really don’t know where he’s going to fit or what’s the deal with him coming. But we look forward for having him here in training camp. Hopefully he can make a name, make a mark and make the team. We’ll see what happens.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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