Player Updates On Knick Draft Picks & Kelenna Azubuike

Golden State Warriors Kelenna Azubuike slams in two against the Los Angeles Clippers in the second half at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California on January 25, 2009. (UPI Photo/ Terry Schmitt) Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom

Will Kelenna Azubuike be healthy enough to fight for the starting 2-spot at training camp? Magic 8 Ball says: Highly Unlikely. (Source: Yardbarker.com)

Some quick updates on the Knicks three second-round draft picks.  For those who don’t know, on August 12th, the team officially signed Andy Rautins.  According to the New York Times, Landry Fields had his contract finalized yesterday.  Meanwhile, the raw seven-footer, Jerome Jordan, who was underwhelming at summer league while looking overwhelmed, will be playing in Europe for the upcoming season while we retain his rights.

As far as the injured Kelenna Azubuike, a potential starter at the shooting guard position, the Times verifies what has been a concern for a while now: he might not be healthy enough to play by the start of training camp.  Like most athletes with that competitive desire, he of course thinks he’ll be good to go.  However, with him not yet cleared by the medical staff to even run or jump, that seems unlikely.

They now have 14 guaranteed contracts, and the max is 15.  Supposedly Patrick Ewing Jr. has been invited to training camp, but with the team presumably wanting some roster flexibility, it would appear his chances of snagging a guaranteed contract is a long-shot.

Tags: Andy Rautins Jerome Jordan Kelenna Azubuike Landry Fields

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