The CLS Knights are looking to improve their standing in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) by bringing in two new imports with international championship experience.

After much speculation in recent weeks about a potential roster shake-up, the team has officially swapped out Montay Brandon and Stephen Hurt for Douglas Herring Jr. and Darryl Watkins, as first reported by Mainbasket.

The Surabaya-based squad showed a lot of promise and marked improvements from their debut season last year but were only able to notch two victories against six losses so far, and is presumably looking to the new signings with renewed hope of bringing them over the hump after encountering numerous close losses early in the season.

Former NBA center Darryl Watkins will join the CLS Knights (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
Former NBA center Darryl Watkins will join the CLS Knights (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

Syracuse-alum Darryl Watkins has suited up for French club ASVEL Basket for the last three years, and has also previously played in the NBA for the Sacramento Kings and the New Orleans Hornets. The 7-foot center also has a vast professional experience playing in China, Lebanon, Cyprus, and Bulgaria.

Meanwhile, Douglas Herring Jr. is coming fresh off a championship run with the Moncton Magic in the Canadian National Basketball League (NBL), and has also played in Uruguay and in the United Kingdom after playing four years of Division III for Utica College.

Doug Herring Jr. will replace Montay Brandon (Photo: London Lightning)
Doug Herring Jr. will replace Montay Brandon (Photo: London Lightning)

Do-it-all import Maxie Esho will remain with the team after showing out consistently for the team for all their games this season. However, replacing the 6-foot-8 Brandon with a much smaller guard like Herring Jr. could force other swingmen like Brandon Jawato to spend more time at the three spot.

Both imports are set to arrive in Indonesia this week and are expected to debut on the road when the Knights visit the Formosa Dreamers in Changhua, Taiwan on January 5th.

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