The Knicks released G League’s Kadeem Allen during the NBA’s transaction window, signing free agent point guard Jared Harper.
The New York Knicks released point guard Kadeem Allen on Thursday, choosing to sign free agent point guard Jared Harper, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News confirmed Harper and the Knicks agreed to a two-way deal.
The NBA opened a transaction window from Tuesday until June 30th for all 30 franchises to waive or sign players prior to the planned season restart in Orlando, Florida, at the end of July.
Allen, 27, joined the Knicks during the 2018–18 season from the G League, later signing a two-way contract with the franchise and working his way up from affiliate Westchester Knicks to make 19 appearances towards the end of the season, averaging 9.9 points and 4.0 assists per game.
Allen returned to Westchester in 2019–20 after his solid role with New York the prior season, but the former Arizona guard made fewer appearances in the Knicks’ shortened campaign, which ended in mid March at the NBA’s COVID-19 suspension. The former Boston Celtics second-round selection only appeared in 10 games this past season for the Knicks, now ending his tenure in New York.
We’ll miss you, @AllenKadeem ? pic.twitter.com/xtuPpkykcQ
— The Knicks Wall (@TheKnicksWall) June 25, 2020
Harper, 22, was an undrafted free agent following last year’s draft class after spending three years playing at Auburn. A three-point specialist, the 5-foot-11 Harper averaged 6.6 three-point attempts per game in his junior, and final, season with the Tigers, shooting 37.0% from deep before electing to playing professionally.
After going undrafted, Harper competed on Phoenix’s 2019 NBA Summer League team, later signing a two-way contract with the desert franchise. Harper played in 33 games for G League’s Northern Arizona Suns in 2019–20, averaging 20.6 points, 5.7 assists, and 1.2 steals per game, shooting 41.3% from the field and 36.2% from three-point range.
The Suns waived Harper on March 12th.
Harper joins former Oregon forward Kenny Wooten as the pair of Knicks two-way players following the release of Allen.
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