Thursday , Jul , 14 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Knicks reportedly ink Jerome James

New York, NY (Sports Network) – The New York Knicks have reportedly signed
free agent center Jerome James to a five-year, $30 million deal. However, the
contract cannot become official until the free-agent signing period begins on
July 22.

The New York Daily News reported that the Knicks will now try and work a sign-
and-trade deal with Seattle in the time leading up to the 22nd, so they could
use their mid-level exception on Memphis free agent Stromile Swift.

Seattle, though, is also in the hunt for Swift, thus making any deal with New
York unlikely.

James started a career-high 80 games last season for the SuperSonics and
averaged 4.9 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.39 blocks. James, though, played well
in the postseason and scored 17.2 points, while grabbing 9.4 boards a game in
Seattle’s first-round win over Sacramento.

For his career, the 29-year-old 7-footer has scored 4.9 points with 3.5
rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 268 games with the Sonics and Kings, who picked him
in the second round of the 1998 draft.