4. Filled all three two-way slots
Signed Duane Washington Jr., Nathan Knight and Dylan Windler to two-way slots
The New York Knicks completely turned over their two-way slots from last season, taking advantage of the new third slot to add a trio of players and see whether any of them can contribute something to the team down the line.
Duane Washington Jr. went undrafted after starring at Ohio State, joining the Indiana Pacers two years ago and the Phoenix Suns last season. He is a strong, competent 2-guard who can shoot and defend; he doesn’t have the ball-handling or playmaking chops to be an on-ball backup point guard, and at 6’3″ that will make it difficult for him to make it long-term in the league.
Dylan Windler has more size, a prototypical small forward at 6’6″ who looks the part of a rotation player. His issue has been injuries, which robbed him of his rookie season and have limited him to just 84 games total in his career. He is one of the very first users of the new “Harry Giles Rule” in the CBA, which allows fourth-year players to still sign a two-way contract if they missed an entire season during their first three years.
Finally, the Knicks signed Nathan Knight, an entirely competent backup center who was squeezed out by the multitude of bigs in Minnesota. Knight is 6’10” with some shooting pop who needs to stop fouling so much to get consistent playing time. The Knicks are deep at center, but perhaps Knight’s shooting gets him some run at the 4.
Nothing flashy, but there is a theory with each of these players and each was worth a low-risk flyer.