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Four former Maine Red Claws selected by Westchester Knicks in expansion draft

Dajuan Summers guards Kris Joseph at practice in 2012. They may be teammates again in Westchester, NY in the 2014-15 season
Dajuan Summers guards Kris Joseph at practice in 2012. They may be teammates again in Westchester, NY in the 2014-15 season
Alan Barker

On September 3, 2014, four former Maine Red Claws players were acquired by the Westchester Knicks in an expansion draft where the Knicks were able to select sixteen players whose rights weren't protected by the team that previously held them. With two of those selections, the Knicks acquired the rights of Dajuan Summers and Curtis Jerrells, both of the 2012-13 squad, from the Red Claws. Additionally, the Knicks acquired Kris Joseph (2012-13) from the Grand Rapids Drive (formerly Springfield Armor) and Craig Brackins (2011-12) from the LA D-Fenders.

Summers, a former Detroit Piston and New Orleans Hornet, joined the Red Claws early in the 2012-13 season after a brief stint overseas. Over 29 games, Summers posted averages of 18.0 points and 7.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals, earning a call-up to the LA Clippers.

Jerrells was also acquired late in the 2012-13 season, appearing in 10 games and chipping in 14.4 points while handing out 5.6 assists and swiping 1.9 steals per game for the Red Claws, leading the team to their first playoff berth in franchise history. He scored 17.5 points and handed out 4.5 assists per game in the postseason.

Joseph, a member of the 2012-13 team originally came to the team on assignment from the Boston Celtics. The 51st pick in the 2012 NBA draft, Joseph played in nine games for the Red Claws before the Celtics released him. Having held his D-League rights, the Red Claws reacquired Joseph for three more games before trading him to the Springfield Armor for James Mays. Joseph averaged 18.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists.

Brackins was another assignment player, appearing in seven games on loan from the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2011-12 season. He posted averaged of 18.9 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.5 blocks. The previous season, Brackins played for the Springfield Armor. In 2012-13, the LA D-Fenders acquired his rights. He appeared in nine games.

Also of note, the Knicks drafted Luke Harangody from the 2013-14 NBADL champion Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Harangody was a 2010 draft pick of the Boston Celtics, parent club to the Red Claws.

When the New York Knicks' hybrid affiliation with the Erie BayHawks ended at the end of the 2013-14 season, the team purchased the rights to their own D-League squad in Westchester, New York.

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