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Knicks sign Troy Williams

Knicks sign Troy Williams

The New York Knicks yesterday (Tuesday) signed forward Troy Williams. The team had previously signed Williams to consecutive 10-day contracts.

Williams, 6-7 and 220-pounds, is averaging 8.1 points and 2.9 rebounds over 13.9 minutes in eight games with the Knicks. He first signed a 10-day contract with the team on Feb. 21, 2018.

Williams previously averaged 5.6 points and 2.1 rebounds over 16.9 minutes in 34 games (16 starts) over two seasons with Memphis and Houston. He appeared in four games for the Rockets this season before being waived on Feb. 14.

The Hampton, Va. native also appeared in 19 games for Rio Grande (G League) during the 2017-18 season, averaging 19.8 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.9 steals over 29.1 minutes. He won the 2017 D-League Dunk contest and played in 33 games for Rio Grande and Iowa last season. He was originally signed by Memphis as an undrafted rookie free agent in Oct. 2016 after two collegiate seasons at Indiana University.

The L.A. Clippers have signed guard Sean Kilpatrick to a second 10-day contract.

Kilpatrick, 28, has appeared in 41 games this season for the Clippers, Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks, averaging 4.3 points and 1.5 rebounds in 9.8 minutes.

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L.A. Clippers guard Avery Bradley underwent surgery yesterday to repair adductor and rectus abdominus muscles. The procedure was performed today by Dr. Bill Meyers at the Vincera Institute, in Philadelphia. Recovery from this procedure is expected to take six to eight weeks.

Bradley, 27, has appeared in 46 games for the Clippers and Detroit Pistons this season, averaging 14.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 31.2 minutes.

The Memphis Grizzlies have signed guard Briante Weber (pronunciation: bree-AHN-tay WEB-ber) to a 10-day contract as a Call-Up from the NBA G League’s Sioux Falls Skyforce. In addition, the team waived guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes (X-avier RUH-tan Mays).

Weber (6-2, 165) began this season as a two-way player for the Houston Rockets and Rio Grande Valley Vipers. He came off the bench in all 13 of his appearances for the Rockets and averaged 2.0 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 9.1 minutes; he started all 13 of his games with the Vipers and averaged 18.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, 7.2 assists and 3.31 steals in 34.4 minutes. At the conclusion of his two-way contract, Weber entered into his third career stint with Sioux Falls where he started all 15 of his games and averaged 14.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 2.07 steals in 34.4 minutes.

A three-time Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year (2013, 2014, 2015) at Virginia Commonwealth University, Weber has appeared in 40 regular season games during his three-year NBA career and has averaged 3.0 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 12.3 minutes for the Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Charlotte Hornets, Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets after he was unselected in the 2015 NBA Draft. The 25-year-old began his NBA career with Memphis during the 2015-16 season, appearing in six games (four starts) and averaging 4.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 27.7 minutes. He also registered two postseason appearances for Miami during his rookie season.

Weber also has appeared in 87 regular season games (68 starts) in the G League and has averaged 14.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 2.69 steals in 33.4 minutes for the Sioux Falls Skyforce and Rio Grande Valley Vipers. He was a member of the 2016 NBA G League Champion Skyforce and was named to the All-G League Second Team in 2016-17. This season, The Chesapeake, Virginia native has started all 28 games and averaged 16.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 2.64 steals in 34.4 minutes.

Rathan-Mayes (6-4, 208) appeared in five games as a reserve for Memphis and averaged 5.8 points, 1.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.20 steals in 23.6 minutes after signing a 10-day contract on March 5 as a Call-Up from the G League’s Westchester Knicks. The 23-year-old Scarborough, Ontario, Canada native has competed in 39 games (37 starts) for Westchester this season after going undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft out of Florida State University.

The Atlanta Hawks have signed guard Antonius Cleveland to a multi-year contract. He was signed to consecutive 10-day contracts on February 22 and March 4.

Earlier this season, Cleveland was on a two-way contract with Dallas, appearing in 13 games with the Mavericks. In seven NBA G League games this season (six with the Santa Cruz Warriors and one with the Texas Legends), he’s averaged 13.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.7 steals in 26.6 minutes (.547 FG%, .500 3FG%, .826 FT%).

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