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The New York Knicks acquired forward Patrick Ewing Jr. from the Houston Rockets for the rights to center Frederic Weis. Weis was drafted by the Knicks in the with the 15th selection in the first round of the 1999 NBA Draft. However, he never signed with New York, electing to continue his European basketball career. Weis, now 31, seems to have no future in the Rockets plans and is currently playing for the Spanish club, Iurbentia Bilbao.

To draft Weis, the Knicks passed up New York Native Ron Artest, James Posey and Andrei Kirilenko. The 7’2” French center is best remembered for being dunked on by Vince Carter in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.

Ewing Jr. was drafted 43rd overall by the Sacramento Kings in the 2008 NBA Draft. He was traded to the Rockets on August 14th as part of a multi-player deal. Knicks executive Donnie Walsh tried to acquire a second-round pick to select Ewing during draft night. As a senior at Georgetown he won the Big East Sixth Man of the Year award.

Walsh believes Ewing can compete for a roster spot even though he is entering training camp as the 16th man. The franchise can only have 15 players under contract right now. However, if Zach Randolph gets traded to the Memphis Grizzles or Stephon Marbury gets released it could create an opening for the former Hoya. The Knicks open camp in Saratoga Springs on September 30th

Ewing recorded an impressive 42-inch vertical at the pre-draft combine in May. He also has a 7-foot wingspan which could make him a solid defensive player in the league. The 6’8, 240 pound forward is a thunderous dunker and received one of only two perfect scores at the 2008 College Slam Dunk Championship.

Ewing’s father, Patrick Ewing Sr. is the Knicks franchise leader in points, rebounds, blocked shots and games played. He was selected by the team 1st overall in the 1985 NBA draft and was selected as one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players. He is also set to be inducted into the Hall of Fame this week.   

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  1. 1 On October 28th, 2008, Carmel said:

    Keep up the good work.

  2. 2 On October 28th, 2008, Andrew Feingold said:

    hopefully Jerome James is bought out and the Knicks bring back Ewing Jr.

  3. 3 On October 28th, 2008, gozer said:

    I have a feeling Jr. will be back. Maybe it’s wishful thinking, but I have to think that this close to the start of the season it’s unlikely that any nba team has a free roster spot for him, which means he’ll either be a free agent or will be playing in europe or the D-league. it goes without saying that donnie walsh is looking to make some roster moves, his hands are simply tied in a lot of instances, and the organization has taken a stand against any further buy outs, which I don’t think is necessarily a bad thing. You really have to wonder if the NBA is remotely serious about turning the NBADL into a true minor league system eventually. If a player sent to the D-League still takes up a spot on your NBA roster, then what the heck is the point of sending a kid down there? Why would anyone leave their NBA bench short like that? The incentive to use the League is really nonexistent. Dumb, dumb, dumb rule.

  4. 4 On October 28th, 2008, Gold said:

    yea i agree…but at the same time maybe the D league can refine a players skills and confidence level. Examples: current NBA players Amir Johnson, Matt Barnes, Jamario Moon and Ramon Sessions were all former NBDL players who are either starters for their teams or will start at one point this season.

    It comes down to does Ewing want to get called up or play in Europe?

  5. 5 On October 28th, 2008, gozer said:

    I’m not saying the D league can’t help a player…I’m saying that the NBA is discouraging teams from using the D league if the player is going to count against their 15-man roster. You’re leaving your NBA bench short in order to develop a kid who is probably a borderline NBA player anyway. How many NBA teams are going to take that course? Not the Knicks, clearly.

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