The New York Knicks bring in another young gun, one that could be filling the void once held by Obi Toppin.

Former Minnesota Timberwolves two-way player and standout at William & Mary University Nathan Knight has signed a two-way deal with the New York Knicks, according to Ian Begley.

Knight, 25, joins a Knicks squad that is searching for a backup power forward after shipping off Obi Toppin to the Indiana Pacers earlier this month. The southpaw big man will likely compete with fellow forward Isaiah Roby for minutes in the Knicks rotation this season backing up All-NBA forward Julius Randle. In 38 appearances during the 2022-23 season, Knight averaged 3.7 points and 1.5 rebounds per game on 56.8% from the field and 36.4% from three. Despite averaging 7.8 minutes per game for his NBA career, the undrafted forward has improved his shooting numbers each year since entering the league in 2020.

New York’s latest forward is an agile big who likes to get downhill quickly and finish around the rim, absorbing contact in the process. His adept scoring and rebounding ability are areas that the Knicks were looking for in a potential backup four. Check out his best plays from this past season:

Knight was a restricted free agent last season, when he re-signed with the Timberwolves for 2 years worth $3.83 million, with a team option for the 2023-2024 season. With a logjam in the frontcourt with Karl Anthony Towns, Rudy Gobert, and Naz Reid, the Timberwolves opted to decline Knight’s contract, paving the way for him to become a free agent and eventually sign with the Knicks.

With Knight signing a two-way deal along with undrafted free agent Jaylen Martin, Knicks still have one two-way contract open for the 2023-24 season. It remains to be seen whether the Knicks will bring back either Trevor Keels or Duane Washington Jr. for the upcoming season.

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