NEW YORK, August 3, 2004 - New York Knickerbockers President of Basketball Operations Isiah Thomas announced today that rookie forward Trevor Ariza has been signed to a contract. As per club policy, terms of the deal are not announced.

Ariza, 6-7, 194 pounds, was selected by the Knicks in the second round (43rd overall) in the 2004 NBA Draft as an early entry selection after playing one season at UCLA. The Miami, FL-native earned All-PAC 10 Freshman Team honors after averaging 11.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 25 games.

Participating in New York’s entry in July’s Summer Pro League in Long Beach, CA, Ariza averaged 14.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 34.0 minutes in four starts.