The Knicks formed their NBA Summer League roster on Monday ahead of the Las Vegas exhibition matches, and it includes all four rookies.
The New York Knicks announced the roster for the 2021 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Nevada, sharing an image of the team on Twitter on Monday. The roster includes all four rookies selected at the draft last week—Quentin Grimes, Rokas Jokubaitis, Miles McBride, and Jericho Sims—and rising fourth-year forward Kevin Knox.
The Summer League roster is set 🗽 pic.twitter.com/H6rqkZEzTt
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) August 2, 2021
According to Ian Begley of SNY, Knox’s inclusion on the summer league roster is due in no small part to his own volition—asking the team to have him play in Vegas.
Rising sophomores Obi Toppin and Immanuel Quickley, the two first-round selections from last year’s draft class by the Knicks, join the four rookies. We’ll also get a first-look at Argentinian guard Luca Vildoza stateside. Vildoza is playing for the Argentinian national team now in Tokyo, Japan, at the delayed 2020 Summer Olympics.
Other invites include Westchester Knicks stalwarts Tyler Hall, a former Montana State center, and big man Justin Patton, who was with the DubKnicks before signing a two-way contract with the Houston Rockets (later waived) last February. Former undrafted Kansas shooting guard Wayne Selden Jr., who spent brief stints with New Orleans, Memphis, and Chicago, joins the summer league roster following time with Israeli club Ironi Ness Ziona B.C.
Knox fell out of head coach Tom Thibodeau’s rotation last season, along with French guard Frank Ntilikina as the Knicks ended up making the playoffs before bowing out of the first round. It’s unclear how much longer Knox will stay with the team; the former ninth-overall selection of the 2018 NBA Draft had his 2021–22 team option picked up by New York in December before the season last year. The Knicks, in essence, let Ntilikina go this past weekend after they failed to extend a qualifying offer to the polarizing guard, making him an unrestricted free agent.
The 2021 NBA Las Vegas Summer League begins August 8th from Thomas & Mack Center, running through August 17th. Between now and then will see the start of free agency as the Knicks look to rearm their roster with veterans.
Kevin Knox will no longer participate in Summer League, per the team, due to health and safety protocols.
Kevin Knox II (health and safety protocols) will not participate in Las Vegas Summer League.
— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) August 5, 2021
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