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New York Knicks Sign Paul Watson, Will Be Westchester’s Third Returning Player

Paul Watson will head back to the Westchester Knicks.

NCAA Basketball: Boise State at Fresno State Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The G League season continues to inch closer, which means the Westchester Knicks’ roster continues to take shape. The New York Knicks signed Paul Watson to an Exhibit 10 deal, per Ian Begley of ESPN.

After four years at Fresno State, Paul Watson was drafted with the No. 5 pick in the 2017 G League Draft. Watson saw significant action during his rookie season and played a role in the second unit. As the season progressed, the 6’8” forward displayed his defensive ability and his athleticism. His versatility brings value to Westchester, where the Dub Knicks can maintain a strong defensive presence with Watson at either forward spot.

Watson, who fits the role of a 3&D player, showed glimpses where he shot the ball well from the perimeter. He shot 44.1 percent from beyond the arc in December, which included an impressive 22 point performance on 4-of-5 from deep against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. He averaged 6.2 points and 3.4 rebounds in 42.7 minutes per game during his rookie season.

In the past week, New York Knicks has made several transactions to build up the roster for their G League affiliate. The Knicks signed Phil Carr after waiving Tyrius Walker. The team also added John Jenkins and Billy Garrett; both who have previously suited up for the Dub Knicks previously. All five players were signed to an Exhibit 10 deal, which means they could make an extra $50,000 if the player spends 60 days in the Westchester.