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Report: Knicks will sign Shannon Brown, Earl Clark to 10-day contracts Thursday

Feb 26, 2014, 11:49 AM EST

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With the Miami Heat next up on the schedule, the New York Knicks are looking to bring in some guys who can defend on the perimeter. As opposed to what they have now which is essentially orange traffic cones to dribble around on your way to the lane.

Enter Earl Clark (who we told you yesterday was close to a deal) and now veteran two-guard Shannon Brown. So reports Chris Broussard at ESPN.

The New York Knicks have agreed in principle to contracts with free-agent forward Clark and free-agent guard Shannon Brown, sources told ESPN.com. The team is expected to sign both Clark and Brown to 10-day contracts on Thursday so they can have them under contract for seven games, sources say.

Both of these guys are talent upgrades on defense.

Brown is a good athlete who uses that to jump passing lanes and generally be aggressive. He has a good understanding of team defenses and when/where to rotate. The knock on him defensively is he is a bit undersized and can be exploited because of that, but he is tenacious on that end of the floor. Brown had a 10-day contract with the Spurs this season but didn’t stick.

As we told you on Tuesday, Clark also is long, athletic, a good help defender who is solid on the ball. Clark was getting minutes with Cleveland but was traded to Philly in the Spencer Hawes deal and the Sixers waived him.

Now all the Knicks need to do is fix their predictable defensive schemes.

  1. borisalessandri - Feb 26, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    It’s not that he “didn’t stick”in San Antonio, Danny Granger became available and he became the casualty of a numbers game. I would’ve got rid of Bonner or Ayers and kept both Granger and Brown

  2. sportsnut101 - Feb 26, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Another slashing guard.
    Did anyone in Knicks management knw they need a pg.

  3. odenxx - Feb 26, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    What doesn’t matter if you have a coach that doesn’t put them in the rotation anyways. Woodson is the worst coach! Between his rotations and his constant switching on defense! I yell so much at my TV people think it’s a domestic dispute! I think we all know now that Jason Kidd was the real coach on that team last year.

  4. bhunter1995 - Feb 26, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    Good move by the Knicks…. this is probably the only time I have ever typed those words.

  5. savvybynature - Feb 26, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    Seems like good moves for the Knicks, though probably too little too late for this season.
    Curious why Clark would take a 10-day contract? Seems like he could have signed somewhere for the rest of the season at a guaranteed minimum. Now if he doesn’t stick in NY then he won’t be playoff eligible anymore which seems like it would limit his suitors.

    • badge3832 - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      Clark’s not as good as you think he is.

  6. csbanter - Feb 26, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Maybe these guys can stick with Knicks, but it all depends if Woodson gives them playing time.

  7. sportsfan18 - Feb 26, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    That does it folks! The Knicks are now gonna win it all… fantastic pick ups…

    They won’t even make the playoffs, never mind.

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