The G League Winter Showcase has come and gone and many of the top players looked impressive during the marquee event. Every NBA team was in attendance at the event scouting players that could potentially contribute to their team. The New York Knicks are in a similar position, as the team will look to add a player via 10-day contract and will look to add another two-way player.
January 5 and 15 are two days New York has circled on their calendars. The 5th is the first day teams can sign players to a 10-day contract. The 15th is the last day players can ink two-way contracts.
What do those two days mean for the New York and Westchester Knicks?
The Knicks currently have no open rosters spots, but the team could open a spot via trade or waivers. John Jenkins has been one of the bright spots in New York’s backyard with Westchester and is a call-up candidate. His slash line of 47.7/43.1/93.3 is impressive as it stands, but Jenkins has shined as a facilitator since the start of the start of the Winter Showcase. In the past five games, he is averaging 4.8 assists per game.
It remains to be seen if Jenkins earns a 10-day contract with the Knicks, but New York has shown to bring in players to their G League affiliate with an opportunity to earn a call-up to the big club. Langston Galloway, Jimmer Fredette, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Chasson Randle and Trey Burke have all earned direct call-ups from New York.
Since Allonzo Trier’s two-way deal was converted to a standard NBA contract, the Knicks have an open two-way spot available. New York has nine days to fill that open spot and could be waiting to add the best player for that spot. There are many hungry G League players working to earn an opportunity like that, while there are a couple of in-house candidates that should be considered. With the open two-way spot, there could be a new Westchester Knick in town by the middle of January.
The two-way contract will be pro-rated, which means the player could spend approximately half of the 45 days with New York.
The one thing that’s guaranteed about the G League is change. With the success the Westchester Knicks have experienced at the halfway point of the season, the roster could shake up. If that happens, Westchester will continue to adapt to that and keep their winning ways rolling heading into the second half of the season.