The Knicks cut loose former undrafted guard Allonzo Trier on Friday, using the available roster space to claim ex-Nets swingman Theo Pinson.
The New York Knicks have claimed former Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Theo Pinson off waivers, releasing guard Allonzo Trier to open a roster spot, as first reported by SNY’s Ian Begley.
Pinson, a second-year guard out of the University of North Carolina, went undrafted in the 2018 NBA Draft. The 6-foot-5 North Carolina native signed a two-way contract with Brooklyn in October of 2018, which was converted into a regular contract in April of 2019.
The 24-year-old played in just 33 games this season, averaging 3.6 points, 1.7 assists, and 1.6 rebounds in 11.1 minutes per game. In nine games with the G League’s Long Island Nets this season, Pinson averaged 15.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game while shooting 37% from beyond the arc. His contract has a $1.7 million team option with an October 17 deadline, per The Athletic’s John Hollinger.
Knicks FO being aggressive with the waiver claims — second one this week. Pinson has a $1.7M team option that must be exercised by Oct. 17. https://t.co/fVhS6lXDSy
— John Hollinger (@johnhollinger) June 26, 2020
Trier, also an undrafted free agent from that draft class, signed a two-way contract with the Knicks in July of 2018. The 6-foot-5 guard out of Arizona stayed with the Knicks for the whole season, as his two-way was converted a two-year, $7 million deal in December. Trier ranked eighth among rookies last season in points per game with 10.9 while shooting 44.8% on field goals and 39.1% on triples in 22.8 minutes per game.
This season, Trier found himself out of the rotation, appearing in only 24 games while averaging 6.5 points in 12.1 minutes, including just four appearances in New York’s last 20 games.
The addition of Pinson is New York’s second roster move in two days, with the team adding former Auburn point guard Jared Harper while releasing Kadeem Allen to make the spot available.
Trier can be picked up by any team returning to play in July, but he won’t be able to participate in the playoffs, only being able to appear in the remaining regular-season contests.