Knicks officially sign Ryan Arcidiacono but debut delayed by injury

After a few days’ delay, Ryan Arcidiacono officially became a member of the New York Knicks on Thursday.

But after signing a standard 10-day contract, the Knicks have listed the newly-acquired point guard in the official NBA injury report as out with sprained left ankle.

It is unclear if Arcidiacono sustained the injury at practice or before signing. New York coach Tom Thibodeau is expected to update the severity of Arcidiacono’s injury before Thursday’s game against the Boston Celtics.

Arcidiacono will receive $102,831 from the Knicks that would account against their salary cap. He temporarily fills the Knicks’ 15th roster spot.

Arcidiacono can sign another 10-day contract after his first one expires on January 16 before the Knicks have to decide on retaining him for the rest of the season or waiving him.

The former Villanova star earlier signed a 10-day hardship contract, but the NBA rescinded it after several Knicks players cleared the health and safety protocols earlier than expected.

Arcidiacono has built a reputation as a high-energy and smart backup point guard in the NBA. He is viewed as insurance after the Knicks lost Derrick Rose (ankle surgery) and Kemba Walker (knee soreness).

Rose won’t return until late February while Walker is day-to-day. Walker will miss his fourth straight game Thursday against his former team, Boston Celtics.

Arcidiacono spent training camp with the Celtics but got cut. He played for the Celtics’ G League affiliate, Maine, as a starter in six games. He averaged 12.7 points, 8.0 assists, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.3 steals over 32.2 minutes.

Arcidiacono spent his first four seasons in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls. He averaged 4.8 points, 2.2 assists, and 2.0 rebounds in 17.6 minutes over 206 games, including 37 starts.

Arcidiacono played four seasons at Villanova, capping his stint with the Most Outstanding Player award in the Wildcats’ 2016 NCAA title run. He was also named First-Team All-Big East and Big East Co-Player of the Year as a junior in 2015. But despite his accolades, he went undrafted in the 2016 class headlined by Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram.

Meanwhile, Nerlens Noel remains questionable as he continues to ramp up his build-up for competition after spending more than 10 days in the health and safety protocols.

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Sources: Knicks still plan to add Ryan Arcidiacono as depth piece

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Ryan Arcidiacono will still become a Knick after all.

The New York Knicks will sign Arcidiacono to a standard 10-day contract on Thursday, sources told Empire Sports Media. The Knicks previously announced that they had signed the former Chicago Bulls’ guard to a 10-day contract via the hardship exemption rule. But the league voided the deal after several Knicks players cleared the health and safety protocols. It turned out the Knicks no longer have a COVID-19 replacement player allowance.

Beginning January 5, NBA teams with an open roster spot can sign a player to a standard 10-day contract. The Knicks recently waived Wayne Selden to absorb Denzel Valentine via trade and subsequently waived Valentine, opening up a roster spot.

Arcidiacono will serve as a depth piece in the Knicks point guard rotation after losing Derrick Rose and Kemba Walker to injuries.

Rose will not be back from an ankle surgery until late February, while Walker has yet to play since tweaking his knee during warmups in Oklahoma City last week. The good news is doctors did not find structural damage on Walker’s knee that required surgery.

“It came back positive — so just soreness,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said via Newsday. “He warmed up in OKC, tweaked something. He’s got some soreness, so we’ll let it clear up, and then we’ll go from there.”

There’s no timetable on Walker’s return, making the upcoming signing of Arcidiacono an insurance policy for the Knicks.

Arcidiacono’s new 10-day contract would count against the Knicks’ salary cap. The Knicks can sign Arcidiacono to a maximum of two 10-day contracts before deciding whether to retain or waive him.

Arcidiacono will make his season debut against the team that cut him in the training camp. The Knicks will have a home-and-away back-to-back schedule against the Boston Celtics on Thursday and Saturday.

After getting cut, Arcidiacono played with the Celtics G League affiliate, Maine, where he started in six games. He averaged impressive numbers — 12.7 points, 8.0 assists, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.3 steals over 32.2 minutes of playing time.

Arcidiacono spent his first four seasons in the NBA with the Bulls averaging 4.8 points, 2.2 assists, and 2.0 rebounds in 17.6 minutes over 206 games, including 37 starts.

He played four seasons at Villanova, capping his stint with the Most Outstanding Player award in the Wildcats’ 2016 NCAA title run. He was also named First-Team All-Big East and Big East Co-Player of the Year as a junior in 2015. But despite his accolades, he went undrafted in the 2016 class headlined by Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram. Valentine was the Bulls’ 14th overall pick.

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Report: NBA voids Ryan Arcidiacono’s 10-day contract with Knicks

Ryan Arcidiacono’s debut with the New York Knicks will have to wait.

The NBA voided Arcidiacono’s 10-day contract with the Knicks, according to multiple reports. Fred Katz of The Athletic first reported it late Monday night.

A busy Monday wheeling and dealing for the Knicks ended with Arcidiacono not getting the green light to join the team in time for their home game against the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday.

That’s because the Knicks now only have two players — Julius Randle and Nerlens Noel — left in the health and safety protocols after waiving Wayne Selden and getting back Mitchell Robinson and Jericho Sims.

Selden was also in the protocols, but the Knicks waived him to make a roster spot for Denzel Valentine, whom they acquired in the three-team trade with the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers.

Valentine was subsequently waived, opening up one more roster spot for the Knicks, which they can use to sign a free agent or get another player via trade.

Under the amended hardship exemption rule, NBA teams can sign a replacement player for each COVID-19 case. The Knicks have already used their allowance on Damyean Dotson and Matt Mooney, who signed their second 10-day contracts last week.

The Knicks, though, can still sign Arcidiacono to a traditional 10-day contract later this week. Beginning Wednesday, January 5, NBA teams can sign a player to as many as two 10-day contracts before committing to him for the rest of the season or waiving him.

If signed by Wednesday, Arcidiacono could make his debut against the Boston Celtics on Thursday at home or Saturday on the road.

Arcidiacono spent the training camp with the Celtics and played for Maine, their G League affiliate, before drawing interest from the Knicks.

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Knicks acquire Denzel Valentine in 3-team deal

After officially signing former Chicago Bulls guard Ryan Arcidiacono to a 10-day contract, the New York Knicks bring in another ex-Bull.

The Knicks acquired Denzel Valentine and the draft rights to center Wang Zhelin and Brad Newley in a three-team trade with the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers. The Knicks essentially pocketed $1.1 million for participating in the deal that will land the Cavaliers Rajon Rondo. The Lakers received Knicks’ French stash Louis Labeyrie who may never play in the NBA, thus opening a roster spot.

The Knicks have waived Wayne Selden, currently in the health and safety protocols, to absorb Valentine’s partially guaranteed contract.

The 14th overall pick in 2016, Valentine averaged 7.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.0 assists over four seasons with the Bulls. The former Michigan State standout enjoyed his best NBA season in 2017-18, averaging 10.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 3.2 assists.

The Knicks have until Jan. 7 to guarantee the $1 million of Valentine’s $1.9 million salary this season. There are rumors that Valentine will be waived to convert Arcidiacono’s 10-day deal into a regular NBA contract.

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Knicks News: Point guard woes mounting, Knicks sign Ryan Arcidiacono to 10-day contract

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The New York Knicks are facing somewhat of a puzzle at the point guard position as Derrick Rose sits out after undergoing ankle surgery and Kemba Walker aggravated his left knee.

Rose isn’t expected to make a return for at least eight weeks, leaving Tom Thibodeau with unproven options to sift through. While he has confidence in rookie Miles McBride based on his defense alone, Thibs lacks professional scorers, most represented by the team’s blowout against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday afternoon.

On Friday, they also dropped a tough loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, scoring just 80 points. The team currently has one listed point guard on the active roster, McBride. He posted just seven points against Oklahoma City and two points against Toronto.

Until Walker can make a return, the Knicks are going to have to find supplements elsewhere. The lack of facilitation has been apparent, especially with Julius Randle on the NBA’s health and safety protocols list. Randle is averaging five assists per game, the most on the team by a significant margin.

With Randle essentially being the team’s best assist man given the attention he commands, the Knicks have witnessed a tremendous drop-off in offensive efficiency and legitimate ball movement with him out of the lineup. Oddly, this goes against the narrative that Randle was a net-negative for the team, but they are clearly lost in translation without his services.

Over the weekend, though, the Knicks signed Ryan Arcidiacono, formerly a Villanova star, to a 10-day contract. Shams Charania of The Athletic believes there’s a strong possibility that Arcidiacono sticks for the season.

The 27-year-old point guard has four seasons of NBA experience under his belt with the Chicago Bulls. While he hasn’t made an impact this year, he averaged 3.1 points, 1.3 assists, and shot 37% from three point range last year over 44 games.

While the former Bull isn’t exactly an offensive maestro, he can spread the ball effectively and play at an NBA pace with comfort. Hopefully, the Knicks can extract a bit of value out of Ryan, given their lack of depth at the point guard position.