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Wildcats sign ex-NBA big man Brown
Wildcats sign ex-NBA big man Brown

The Perth Wildcats have signed former NBA big man Andre Brown to cover for the loss of injured centre Matt Knight.

Brown has signed after leaving Greek club Panellinios and should suit up for his NBL debut against Townsville at Challenge Stadium next week.

Knight, who tore his left calf muscle in the win over Melbourne last month, is on track to return in early March.

Coach Rob Beveridge said Brown would bring the solid inside presence the Wildcats had lost when Knight and Jesse Wagstaff (ankle ligaments) went down.

"He's a very seasoned player. He's got a big body, athletic, strong and very experienced and that's what we need," Beveridge said.

Brown played 75 NBA games with the Seattle Supersonics, Memphis Grizzlies and Charlotte Bobcats.

Brown received the tick of approval from FC Barcelona and Boomers star Joe Ingles, who played with Brown in the Summer League last year and described him as a “beast” on court.

Beveridge was awarded December’s NBL Coach of the Month award this week after leading the Wildcats to a perfect 5-0 record during a tricky stretch of the season.

He dedicated the award to his hard-working staff and players.

“It’s always nice to get a pat on the back and be rewarded by your colleagues,” Beveridge said.

“I’ve got a great group of people that I work with and I guess I accept it on behalf of them because they do all the hard work as well.”

Meanwhile, star Wollongong import Gary Ervin has not made the trip to Perth for Friday night's grand final re-match with the Wildcats due to a dislocated finger.

Ervin joins starters Glen Saville (knee) and Larry Davidson (ankle) who will be staying home in Wollongong and recovering this weekend.

Round 14 opens tonight when New Zealand host Cairns in a top-of-the-table clash in Auckland.

The West Australian

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