The New York Knicks announced Tuesday that they have signed forward Damien Inglis. Ian Begley of ESPN reported that Inglis will likely report to the Knicks’ D-League affiliate, the Westchester Knicks.
The French Guianese forward was drafted 31st overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2014. A foot injury suffered in pre-draft workouts wound up lingering significantly longer than initially expected, forcing him to miss his entire rookie season.
He played sparingly for the Bucks once he was healthy last season, and averaged 1.8 points and 1.6 rebounds in just 20 games, including one start. He appeared in 16 games in the D-League for Westchester and the Canton Charge, averaging 10 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.69 assists. Milwaukee waived him in late June.
Inglis played for the New Orleans Pelicans at the Las Vegas Summer League, and averaged about four points in just under 14 minutes per game.
New York already has 15 guaranteed contracts on the books for the upcoming season, meaning Inglis’ non-guaranteed salary can be easily waived if need be.
This has been an action-packed offseason for the Knicks, as they’ve hired Jeff Hornacek to replace Kurt Rambis as head coach and made a slew of changes to a roster that won just 32 games last season. In addition to acquiring point guard Derrick Rose from the Chicago Bulls, New York also paid big money in free agency to the likes of center Joakim Noah and guard Courtney Lee.
The Knicks are 2-1 thus far in preseason, and will get the regular campaign underway on October 25 against the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers.