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Report: Knicks to re-sign Cleanthony Early, push him to D-League to start

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 12: Cleanthony Early #17 of the New York Knicks dunks over Carlos Boozer #5 and Wesley Johnson #11 of the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on March 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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Cleanthony Early has struggled his way through 56 games with the Knicks over the past two seasons, shooting just 34.6 percent from the floor, but also showing flashes of potential.

Enough flashes that the Knicks are going to re-sign him — then send him to the D-League to get healthy and develop. From Shams Charania of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.

Part of the challenge for Early has just been getting and staying healthy, and that includes right now.

If he can show an improved jump shot, everything else should open up for him. Early is long, athletic, a willing passer (who needs to reduce turnovers), and he has real defensive potential. It feels like there is a rotation NBA player in there, if he can just get it out. The Knicks are giving him another shot.