Reggie Bullock’s eventual return looms. Does he have a role with the New York Knicks?
The start of Reggie Bullock‘s tenure with the New York Knicks has been quite troublesome. After ending the 2018-19 season with the Los Angeles Lakers, he signed a two-year, $21 million deal with New York. However, after a failed physical, that contract was restructured to a two-year, $8.2 million deal, with a partial guarantee for 2020-21.
At this point in his career, Bullock has established himself as a good three-point shooter (career 39.2 percent mark), and the Knicks may have offered him the highest contract. It’s still not clear when he will be back on the court, but the Knicks will look forward to seeing him on the court at some point, given they rank 29th in field goal percentage at 42.7.
Coach David Fizdale recently started Kevin Knox at shooting guard. Now, I’m not sure if that speaks volumes to Fizdale’s coaching or the lack of quality players on the wing, but Knox should never be in that role. The slow-footed Kentucky product has no business covering guards when he has such difficulty defending other positions.
The Knicks are nearly finished with one-fourth of the season and they sit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference at 4-15. Bullock’s return may not revitalize or even improve the Knicks, but it is definitely good to have some more consistency from an outside shooter. The backup shooting guard role has been a mixture of Wayne Ellington, Allonzo Trier, Kevin Knox, and Damyean Dotson, each of whom has had an underwhelming season.
Once Dec. 15 approaches, the Knicks can start moving the veterans signed in free agency. If so, Bullock can find an opportunity, because the current situation is cluttered, even with players fighting for a role off the bench.
The playoffs are probably out of the question for the Knicks, potentially leading towards selling pieces for draft picks. An unhealthy Bullock does not fit that, however, given his recovery from injury, so whenever he returns, the Knicks can take a longer look at one of their seven signings from free agency. At this point, they already have nothing else to lose.