Keith Schlosser, Lead WriterAfter acquiring two second-round draft picks in their offseason trade with the Dallas Mavericks, one would have assumed the Knicks would make selections that could impact the team’s future, especially as Phil Jackson aims to put his own stamp on the roster.
With that in mind, it was a bit surprising to see New York fail to sign Thanasis Antetokounmpo to a contract.
With the team’s roster already maxed out at 15 players, the young gun had an interesting decision to make. Should he venture out overseas for a more lucrative contract, or play in the D-League?
It appears as though Antetokounmpo has opted to remain stateside (RealGM, August 21st).
If the Knicks were to invite the swingman to training camp and ultimately decide to cut him later, there would only be a limited amount of time for the team to sign him before losing out on his draft rights once and after all. With no roster spots to be had at this point and time, such a move wouldn’t make much sense. He doesn’t appear to be in the most immediate of plans.
Instead, Antetokounmpo will sign a contract with the Westchester Knicks and go from there. This allows New York to retain his draft rights while monitoring his progress and ultimately deciding whether or not he should be considered a piece for the future.
Antetokounmpo played for the Delaware 87ers last season, but as per new NBA D-League rules, any minor league player is automatically assigned to the affiliate of the NBA squad that drafts him (aka holds his draft rights), should he choose to sign a D-League contract.