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IOWAS EARL BARRON SIGNS WITH NEW YORK KNICKS

NEW YORK, April 2, 2010 The New York Knicks today signed center Earl Barron of the Iowa Energy making him the 33rd GATORADE Call-Up of the 2009-10 NBA Development League season. Barron joins 78 current NBA players with NBA D-League experience.

Barron has appeared in 47 games, all starts, for Iowa this season, averaging 16.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 31.7 minutes. He scored in double-figures 39 times, registering 26 double-doubles. He scored a season-high 37 points in a 110-83 win over the Sioux Falls Skyforce in Iowa on March 20. He pulled down a season-high 24 rebounds, to go with 35 points, in a 116-111 road win over the Erie BayHawks on March 3.

Undrafted out of Memphis in 2003, Barron returns to the NBA following a three-year stint with the Miami Heat between 2005 and 2008. In 82 career NBA games with the Heat, Barron averaged 4.9 points, 3.0 rebounds and 13.9 minutes.

A four-year contributor at Memphis, Barron averaged 7.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.0 block during 26 games his senior season. As a junior, Barron was a member of the 2002 NIT Champion Tigers.

Barron is expected to join the Knicks today and be available tonight when New York travels to face the Golden State Warriors tonight.