New York brings back its stand-out two-way contract player from last season on a full NBA contract for 2018–19.
The New York Knicks signed center Luke Kornet to a one-year deal worth $1.6 million on Sunday, per NY Post‘s Marc Berman.
Kornet was one of two players signed to New York’s “two-way” contract during the 2017–18 season, the other Isaiah Hicks. The NBA instituted the two-way contract in the new collective bargaining agreement, which allowed teams to shuffle G League players up to the big leagues for a maximum of 45 days. Ostensibly, Kornet proved himself valuable during his tenure with the ‘Bockers, as the team re-signed the 7-1 center from Vanderbilt using his non-Bird rights—giving New York the ability to exceed the cap threshold.
Kornet averaged 6.7 points, 3.2 rebounds. and 1.3 assists in 20 games and one start with the Knicks during his rookie year, shooting 39.2 percent from the field and 35.4 percent from three-point range (per Basketball-Reference). During All-Star Kristaps Porzingis’ absence due to injury, Kornet provided backup center minutes, serviceable as an average rim protector and useful as a floor-spacing big man with a decent three-point shot.
Updated cap table with Luke Kornet signing for a reported $1.6M.
NYK have 14 players under NBA contract (including Knox, Burke, Williams), with Robinson’s contract still to be negotiated.
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The signing of Luke Kornet could very well be New York’s 15th roster spot—assuming first- and second-round picks Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson sign with the team and the Knicks guarantee deals for flashing-moments players Trey Burke and Troy Williams. The team would still have two open spots to sign players to Kornet’s former contractual roster spot, the two-way deal, which would balloon the roster to 17 men, with those two finding the majority of their time in Westchester.
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