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NEW YORK (AP) _ Addressing a need for size, the New York Knicks signed free agent center Michael Doleac on Wednesday.

Doleac, a four-year veteran who spent last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, is expected to come off the bench for the Knicks.

``Looking at our team and where we are, it's a good signing for us because it addresses several needs,'' Knicks president Scott Layden said.

New York finished last in the Atlantic Division last season and missed the playoffs for the first time in 15 years. One of the team's biggest problems was a lack of size, with Kurt Thomas playing in the pivot after Marcus Camby went down midway through the season with an injury.

Camby has since been traded to Denver in a deal that brought Antonio McDyess to New York, and the only players on the roster capable of playing center are Thomas, little-used Travis Knight and Doleac.

Doleac, who missed almost half of last season because of an ankle injury, averaged 4.6 points and 4.0 rebounds for the Cavaliers. He spent his first three seasons with the Orlando Magic.

Layden, who praised Doleac for his outside shooting ability, said the Knicks will continue to try to improve their roster.

``We're still going to explore the free agent players that are still available and will see if there's anyone there that can help our team,'' Layden said. ``One of the things we can't lose sight of is we feel good about the depth of several positions.''