According to multiple sources, although Jonathan Givony was the first I saw break it on Twitter, the New York Knicks will claim Derrick Brown off waivers. Givony of Draft Express said “I like this move a lot. Was wondering who’d pick him up… Derrick Brown is a big-time athlete. 6-9 PF who can face-up, defend, and is great in transition. If he can make shots, he’ll be very good.”
Brown’s strengths are his wingspan & leaping ability. Offensively he appears to be an efficient dunker who scores well will without the ball. His shooting is a question mark, supposedly he has range out to three, but he only attempted 13 treys in 1023 minutes with Charlotte (making 4). On the downside his free throw shooting appears to be a liability (61.3%), and he may be shorter than advertised. (NBA.com has him at 6-8, basketball-reference has him at 6-7, DraftExpress has him 6-8.5 with shoes on.) Unfortunately his per-minute stats in Charlotte have him as an underwhelming rebounder (5.7 reb/36) and shot blocker (0.6 blk/36) despite his length/hops. Still he might be worthwhile for D’Antoni if his shot is dependable, given his efficiency (53.9%). But ultimately he doesn’t appear to have a huge upside.