NBA Roundtable

Bender Is Back

In Free Agency on December 14, 2009 at 6:10 am

RealGM reports

New York Knicks President of Basketball Operations Donnie Walsh announced today that free agent forward Jonathan Bender has been signed to a contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Jonathan has worked extremely hard in preparing himself for a return to the NBA,” said Walsh. “I know him to be a young man of the highest character from my relationship with him that dates back 10 years to his rookie year and I think he will be a fine addition to our team both on and off the court.”

The Picayune, MS-native was selected out of high school by the Toronto Raptors with the fifth overall selection in the 1999 NBA Draft and was acquired by the Pacers on Aug. 1, 1999 in exchange for Antonio Davis.

Best wishes to Jonathon Bender on his attempted comeback to the NBA.

It’s a shame that injuries ruined his chance of fulfilling that vast potential of his.

Link: ESPN has a very good article on Bender’s attempted comeback last year. Here’s a link to that.

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