Knicks Add Sun Yue to Guard Mix


The New York Knicks agreed to terms with free agent Sun Yue on Thursday, adding some depth at the guard position.

The 23-year-old Yue was a second-round draft pick of the Lakers in 2007, and won a world championship ring last year — becoming the first ethnic Chinese player to do so — even though his contributions were minimal. The 6-foot-9 import from Hebei, China, appeared in 10 games for Los Angeles, averaging 0.6 points and 0.2 assists in just under three minutes of action per contest. He was waived by the Lakers earlier this summer.

The terms of Yue’s contract with the Knicks have not yet been disclosed, but it is believed to be a partially guaranteed agreement. Yue’s height may make him more of a point-forward in head coach Mike D’Antoni’s system, though Yue will first have to earn a roster spot with a strong preseason performance.

Yue, who is nicknamed the “Chinese Magic Johnson,” has a long way to go toward attaining anywhere near that status in the NBA.

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