Knicks Re-Sign Forward Cleanthony Early

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Knicks have re-signed forward Cleanthony Early.

The team announced the move Tuesday and didn’t disclose terms of the deal.

The 6-foot-8 Early averaged 1.8 points in 17 games for New York during his second NBA season in 2015-16, a season shortened after he was shot in the right knee and robbed in December 2015.

He was assigned to the NBA D-League’s Westchester Knicks on four occasions, averaging 15.6 points and 7.3 rebounds in seven appearances.

The Bronx native was drafted out of Wichita State by New York in the second round (34th overall) of the 2014 NBA draft.

Early was shot after leaving a Queens strip club on Dec. 30. Moments after he left the CityScapes Gentleman’s Club in Maspeth, as many as three vehicles boxed in the Uber cab he was in and a group of masked, armed men jumped out and confronted Early, robbing him of his gold chains and gold caps on his teeth, police said.

Early, 24, was then shot in the leg. He got back into the Uber car with the driver, and they went around the corner, where they started knocking on doors for help.

He was treated at Elmhurst Hospital and released later that morning.

Delvon Dowling, 22, was charged in connection with the shooting in April. He allegedly told federal agents he was part of a robbery crew that staked out the club with the intention of robbing someone, CBS News reported.

Dowling was arrested at his home in Brooklyn for an unrelated charge and implicated himself in the Early shooting, authorities said.

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