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New York Knicks Sign European Player James White

According to Marc Berman of theNew York Post, the New York Knicks have signed Italian League small forward James White to a guaranteed minimum contract.

Berman tweeted the following about the signing and wrote (vis Sulia):

Prominent agent just spoke to never heard of forward James White, who has played in Italy last two seasons with Dinamo Sassari and VL Pesaro. White is a scorer, led Serie A in 2010-11 with 20.2 ppg. He averaged 17.1 ppg last season. He’s played 10 NBA games, with Spurs and Rockets. Understand Glen Grunwald loves Knicks Euro scout Kevin Wilson. Which is why I think they make offer also to Spanish League PG Pablo Prigioni.

White spent last season playing for Scavolini Pesaro of Serie A, whom he helped to the playoff semi-finals as a starter. He stands at 6’7″ and 200 lbs. and should bring some athleticism to the team as a player who once appeared in the NCAA College Slam Dunk Contest.

White played his freshman year at the University of Florida in 2001–02 helping the Gators to a 22–9 record. He saw action in all but two games, making a pair of starts and averaged 20.5 minutes of playing time. He posted averages of 6.1 points and 2.9 rebounds.

He transferred to the University of Cincinnati, and after sitting out in 2002–03, he became a starter for the Bearcats in his three years with them, including his senior year when he averaged 16.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2 assists, 1.2 steals, and 0.9 blocks.

White has outstanding athleticism and leaping abilities, earning himself the nickname “Flight White,” thanks to his high-flying dunks.

White is actually an NBA champion, despite having only played in 10 career games, as he spent his rookie season with the 2007 world-champion San Antonio Spurs. During those 10 career games, White averaged 5.7 points and 2.0 rebounds per game in only 14.8 minutes.

The Knicks will hope White can provide some rebounding off the bench, especially with the potential loss of Landry Fields, who signed a three-year offer sheet with the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday.

With the Knicks having only the taxpayer exception of $3.09 million and the bi-annual exception of $1.96 million to spend this offseason, they will have to look into more moves like these will be needed to fill out the roster.

The next in line to make his way to New York could be Argentinian point guard Pablo Prigioni, who could become the third point guard on the team.

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Topics: 2012 NBA Offseason, James White, New York Knicks

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