New York Knicks: 3 Positives and 2 Negatives from Summer League

New York Knicks, Miles McBride (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Luca Vildoza, New York Knicks. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /

New York Knicks: Negative — Luca Vildoza’s disappearance

The New York Knicks signed Vildoza towards the end of last season to a non-guaranteed 4-year deal worth around $13.6 million in total. It seemed like a savvy move at the time, as the Argentinian point guard held career international averages of 14.1 points and 5.3 assists per 36 minutes while shooting 36% from three.

However, early returns haven’t been promising. It started in the Olympics, where Argentina unceremoniously lost in the quarterfinals. The 26-year old averaged just 7.0 points and 3.0 assists in Tokyo, shooting an abysmal 31% from the field and 16.7% from three.

His participation in the Olympics then caused him to miss most of the summer league action and in his short time on the court, he ended up looking sluggish.

He failed to score in his two appearances in Las Vegas, shooting 0-4 while recording just 3 assists and 1 turnover.

With the Knicks having the ability to release him and free up extra cap space, Vildoza’s future in New York is looking murky at best. Miles McBride quickly outplayed him for the final point guard spot.

It would take an extremely dominant preseason for Vildoza to secure a roster spot, assuming he even makes it that far.