The New York Knicks and rookie guard Allonzo Trier have reached an agreement on a two-year contract. How does his contract affect the rest of the roster?
As first reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the New York Knicks have agreed to a two-year, $7 million contract with Allonzo Trier. With his two-way contract set to expire soon, the Knicks used their bi-annual exception to keep him on the roster.
New York subsequently cut fan favorite Ron “vans’ on my feet” Baker from the active roster. Trier fought his way not only onto the roster, but into the Knicks’ future plans. This signing now changes the outlook of various players on the roster.
Courtney Lee has struggled since returning, and he asked for a brief stint in the G League for playing time. After missing the first 24 games of the season with a neck injury, Lee has posted 3.5 points on 27 percent shooting from the field. He’s only attempted five threes and connected on two.
The 33-year-old’s $12 million contract keeps the Knicks from giving a maximum contract to a free agent in July. Unless Lee can improve his play before the deadline, a short contract such as Trier’s may be enough to offload his contract.
Tim Hardaway Jr.
Due to his contract, Tim Hardaway Jr. is likely to stay on the roster for the foreseeable future. While Trier has seized his opportunity in a reserved role, he has struggled when the defense has sent double-teams his way (i.e. Chicago Bulls). If Hardaway is sent away in a cap clearly move Trier will either be apart of the package; or, look to fill the void of the 20 point scorer for the rest of the season.
As the world turns, so does the questions surrounding the Knicks; second-year guard. Frank Ntilikina has looked like the versatile wing defender drafted in 2017. However, prior to this recent run, Trier had placed him squarely on the bench.
Though Trier is older then Ntilikina, his offensive game is far more advanced and polished. Is Trier’s development–and contract–enough to part ways with Ntilikina?
The “no timetable” record is the number one song in Knicks fandom, as no one is sure when the All-Star will return to the court. The Knicks took a risk in allowing Kristaps Porzingis to reach restricted free agency to save $10 million in cap space. Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News lay-out the doomsday scenario of Porzingis re-signing for only one-year with the Knicks before hit free agency in 2020.
Is Trier alone a good enough fit with Porzingis, and does his play excite him enough to believe in this front office?