The Knicks selected Early with the No. 34 pick in the 2014 draft out of Wichita State. He has played in seven games for New York this season, averaging 2.7 points and 1.0 rebound per game.
Early, 23, averaged 16.4 points last season for Wichita State and led the Shockers to an undefeated regular season before they lost in the NCAA tournament to Kentucky.
The rookie joins veterans Jose Calderon and Andrea Bargnani on the team's injury report. Calderon, who is in his first season with the team after an offseason trade from the Dallas Mavericks, strained his right calf during the preseason and has not played during the regular season.
Bargnani injured his hamstring last month and also has not played this season.
- Paul Palladino