The New York Knicks looked to sign players to a two-way contract in the previous two NBA Drafts and this year was no different. Kris Wilkes, who played two seasons at UCLA, will sign a two-way deal with the Knicks, per Tim Bontemps of ESPN.
Wilkes has shown to be an elite slasher and can be a two-way contributor. He could carve out a role in the NBA as a 3&D player and has a 6’10.75″ wingspan that would be beneficial on the defensive end. The UCLA product can make shots and had several games during his sophomore season where he shot the ball well from deep.
The Knicks are looking player to develop that has the potential to be a contributor at the NBA. New York found contributors like Luke Kornet and Allonzo Trier after signing them to a two-way deal in the past two years. The Knicks previously signed Isaiah Hicks and Kadeem Allen; both who grew their game in Westchester.
Under the two-way contract, Wilkes can spend a maximum of 45 days with the NBA team. He will split his rookie season between New York and Westchester.