The New York Knicks have spent the offseason loading up on players on two-way contracts but haven’t made the trade that fans and the rest of the league have been waiting for. The only trade the Knicks have completed so far this offseason is sending Obi Toppin to the Pacers in exchange for two second-round picks.
New York could go another summer without making a big move, but there’s another player that the Knicks should look to offload in a deal. With how the team’s roster currently looks, there are actually a few players who might not make it through the entire 2023-24 season in a New York uniform.
3 Knicks players who might not be on roster for entire 2023-24 season
3: DaQuan Jeffries
DaQuan Jeffries is coming off a solid season in Westchester, where he averaged 19.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. He took Feron Hunt’s two-way spot at the beginning of the season before signing two 10-day contracts with the Knicks that led to him signing a two-year deal with the organization at the end of March.
Jeffries didn’t get the opportunity to compete at training camp and in preseason last year because of a concussion. After the fact, Tom Thibodeau spoke highly of Jeffries, which was a good sign. Even better, after not playing in a regular season game for the Knicks, Jeffries appeared in a playoff game on April 21.
Jeffries represented the Knicks at Summer League for the second straight year earlier this month, where he was sidelined early on with a hip contusion. Before that, he was the team’s best player.
He has a $2 million non-guaranteed salary for 2023-24 that will become fully guaranteed if he remains under contract through January 7. Given that New York is already close to the luxury tax threshold, the front office could waive DaQuan Jeffries.