Can the Knicks afford to give Kevin Knox another opportunity? | Team must drop 5 from active roster

New York Knicks, Kevin Knox

The New York Knicks are flush with talent as they approach preseason and training camp gets underway. Adding Kemba Walker, Evan Fournier, Quentin Grimes, and Miles McBride this off-season should contribute toward far more effective and productive play during the 2021-22 season.

However, there are not enough spots on the active roster once the regular season comes around to host a few fringe players. An NBA roster is limited to 15 players while carrying 20 during the off-season.

The current Knicks roster includes:

Dwayne Bacon

RJ Barrett

Alec Burks

Evan Fournier

Taj Gibson

Quentin Grimes

Kevin Knox

Miles McBride

Nerlens Noel

Immanuel Quickley

Julius Randle

Mitchell Robinson

Derrick Rose

Wayne Selden

Aamir Simms

Jericho Sims

Obi Toppin

Luca Vildoza

Kemba Walker

MJ Walker

With 20 players currently on the roster, the odd men out seem to be Bacon, Selden, Simms, Walker, and Sims. Most of these options will find their way to the G-League, but it presents Kevin Knox with another opportunity to stick around an NBA team for the time being.

Knox has had a lackluster start to his career at the top level, barely making an impact last season despite the team enjoying plenty of success.

Knox has continuously seen his minutes decreased since his rookie season when he averaged 28.8 per game. Last year, he finished with just 11 minutes per contest, making 42 appearances and averaging 3.9 points, 1.5 rebounds, shooting 39% from the field. Unfortunately, his career in New York is likely coming to an end after this season, as the Knicks will not have an extra roster spot for him to ride the bench. At this point, the only way he can get on the court is if his team is blowing out their opponents and they want to get him in during garbage time.

Knox is set to earn $5.8 million this season and will have a qualifying offer next year at $7.9 million. It is highly unlikely the Knicks exercise that option, electing to move on from him if they cannot find a trade partner.

Ideally, the team will find a club interested in his services, but given his lack of development and offenseive deficiencies, his value doesn’t represent much.

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