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New York Knicks’ In-House Candidates For Two-Way Contract

With Allonzo Trier signing an NBA contract, New York has an open two-way spot. Here are some in-house candidates the Knicks should consider.

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Allonzo Trier signed a two-way contract in July, which meant he would have split time between New York and the Westchester Knicks. His stellar play has kept him in the NBA, which meant his 45-day clock on his deal started when the G League training camp opened in late October. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, the Knicks signed Trier to a two-year, $6.9 million deal, which uses New York’s bi-annual exception.

With that being said, the Knicks will have an open spot to fill with their two-way contract. There are several players in Westchester that could be considered for that spot given the success they have had this season.

Note: John Jenkins is ineligible for a two-way contract since he has played in the NBA for five seasons. The deal is for players for players with four or fewer years of NBA service.

Kadeem Allen

Kadeem Allen, who was a Boston Celtics’ two-way player, has performed well through the early part of the 2018-19 season. He has shown to be a solid penetrating guard and can create plays for the team. When Allen pushes it in transition, he can find his teammates like when he dished a bounce pass to Kenrich Williams against the Wisconsin Herd. Allen, who was named to the 2017-18 NBA G League All-Defensive Team, has shown his defensive energy where he can hound his defender and can create turnovers. With the skills Allen brings to the squad, he should be a candidate for the open two-way slot.

Billy Garrett

Since arriving in Westchester. Billy Garrett has thrived in his role. In his rookie season, he went from playing off the ball to run the point in the starting rotation. Not only did Garrett end the season on a high note, but he returned to the team this season and kept his strong production rolling. He has been able to find his spots and shoots the mid-range shot well. The Westchester guard has shown bursts of speed where he can get to the rim. His energy is valuable when he’s on the floor.

Garrett has shown when he misses a shot, he will get back on the defensive end to force turnovers where it gives Westchester another opportunity to score. He has thrived in his role with the Knicks in the past two seasons and has warranted a look for an open two-way spot.