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Knicks waive Kurt Thomas, sign Solomon Jones
The Knicks officially announced Friday that Kurt Thomas was waived and Solomon Jones was signed to a contract.
The 6-10 Jones, who played in China, will be in uniform for Friday's game against the Cavaliers. The Knicks initially went after James Singleton, who also played in China this year, but he didn’t get a letter of clearance to play in the NBA.
Jones, 28, has played for the Hawks, Pacers, Clippers and Hornets. He has career averages of 3.1 points and 2.4 points over 11.1 minutes in 268 NBA games.
The Knicks need bodies up front since all of their big men are injured. The hope is to have Jones signed and in uniform Friday against Cleveland. Thursday night, they had just nine bodies, eight played, and the Knicks lost a tough game in overtime.
Tyson Chandler (neck), Kenyon Martin (ankle) and Marcus Camby (plantar fasciitis) are not on this trip, which ends Friday night. Rasheed Wallace (left-foot surgery) is here, but unable to play. Amar’e Stoudemire is still out (right-knee surgery).
Thomas has a stress fracture in his right foot and wasn’t expected to play again this season. He played his final game with the foot injury March 18 and helped the shorthanded Knicks beat the Jazz to end a four-game losing skid and start a 13-game winning streak that was snapped in Chicago on Thursday night.
“Kurt’s contributions to the Knicks have been immeasurable,” Knicks GM Glen Grunwald said. “From the first day of training camp, to his last game against the Utah Jazz, Kurt has been a key contributor to our team. The team’s success this season has been driven by veteran leadership on and off the court – it is something that cannot be quantified or read in a box score.
“Once it became clear that he would not be able to return this season, and due to a rash of injuries to our big men, we felt that it was important for us to free-up a spot on our roster. We thank Kurt for all that he has done. I have the utmost respect for Kurt as a player and as a man.”