Knicks Sign Courtney Sims To 10-Day Contract Mar 23, 2009 10:26 AM EST
The New York Knickerbockers President of Basketball Operations Donnie Walsh announced today that free agent center Courtney Sims has been signed to a 10-day contract.
Sims, a member of the Iowa Energy, became the 16th GATORADE Call-Up of the 2008-09 NBA Development League season.
Sims, 6-11, 245-pounds, was undrafted out of the University of Michigan and has played a total of 13 minutes in four NBA games with Indiana and Phoenix over the last two seasons. The Roslindale, MA-native was signed as a free agent by Indiana on Oct. 2, 2007 and played in three games last season with the Pacers before being waived on Dec. 19, 2007. Sims spent the remainder of the 2007-08 season and the beginning of this 2008-09 campaign with the NBA Development League’s Iowa Energy. He signed two 10-day contracts with the Phoenix Suns beginning on Jan. 20, 2009 and appeared in one game for the Suns this season.
Cheikh Samb's 10-day contract had expired and the club elected not to re-sign him. The Knicks roster stands at 14 players.
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He's played really well in the D-League. Hopefully he'll get some minutes. It's time to tank the season and try out some other players.
I think it's also important to get Curry playing again. We need to increase his trade value somehow.
With the Knicks, Sims might actually get some burn here down the stretch, especially considering his terrific numbers in the D-League with Iowa -- 22.8 points per game, 11.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game and shooting 60.5 percent from the field. He had a triple-double in November for Iowa, with 22 points, 17 rebounds and 11 blocks in a D-League win over Sioux Falls.
Demetrius Nichols' second 10-day contract runs out on Friday, which is when the Knicks have to decide whether to keep D-Knick around for the rest of the season or invite another player (likely a guard) in for a look-see.