Knicks sign and reportedly waive veteran guard Brandon Knight

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Brandon Knight Pistons 2020
Brandon Knight Pistons 2020

The Knicks announced on Saturday that they signed guard Brandon Knight to a contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Later in the in afternoon, however, Fred Katz of The Athletic reported that Knight, Brandon Goodwin, Aamir Sims, and MJ Walker are being waived by the team as Leon Rose looks to finalize the opening night roster.

The Knicks have not yet announced those moves. If those players are indeed waived, it could possibly pave the way to them returning as members of the G League Westchester team.

The 29-year-old last played for the Detroit Pistons during the 2019-20 season, averaging 11.6 points and 4.2 assists per game over nine games (three starts) with the team. He also played 16 games for the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2019-20 season, but was traded to Detroit at the deadline. He averaged just 4.9 points over 15.1 minutes per game with the Cavs.

Knight was originally selected by the Pistons with the No. 8 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft out of Kentucky. As a freshman, he averaged 17.3 points in 38 games and set the Kentucky freshman record for points (657), three-pointers made (87), and 20-point games (14) on the way to a Final Four appearance. He went on to earn NBA All-Rookie First Team honors after averaging 12.8 points, 3.8 assists, and 3.2 rebounds per game over 66 games during the 2011-12 NBA season.

He was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks before the start of the 2013-14 season, and played there for the next season and a half. Knight was then traded to the Phoenix Suns on Feb. 19, 2015, and eventually re-signed with them on a five-year, $70 million deal in the offseason. He averaged a career-high 19.6 points per game in Phoenix during the 2015-16 season over 52 games, before having season-ending sports hernia surgery.

Over eight seasons in the NBA with five teams, he's averaged 14.0 points, 4.0 assists, and 3.1 rebounds per game over 446 contests.

Knight played for the Brooklyn Nets Summer League team this past offseason as he tried to get back into the league.

The Knicks will have to officially cut the roster to 17 players by opening night on Oct. 20, as they can have 15 players on traditional contracts plus two players on two-way deals.