1: DaQuan Jeffries
DaQuan Jeffries signed a two-way contract with the Knicks last November and spent time in Westchester. He signed two 10-day contracts in March before signing a two-year deal that’s non-guaranteed for 2023-24.
The 26-year-old was with New York in training camp last year but was waived afterward, mainly because he wasn’t at his best due to a concussion. After he signed the two-way deal, Tom Thibodeau said he believes Jeffries has a future in the NBA.
Unlike Evan Fournier, Jeffries appeared in two games during the Knicks’ 2023 playoff run, but it wasn’t during meaningful minutes. He still managed to leave his mark, though.
He was back with the team at Summer League, where he stood out as one of the best players on an otherwise underwhelming squad.
Jeffries played in 12 minutes of Monday’s preseason win and recorded three points (1-of-4). New York has back-to-back preseason games next week, and assuming the starters will rest, players like Jeffries should see an uptick in minutes.
He has a pending $2 million salary for this season, and he could be someone the Knicks keep around for the entirety of the season.