Clearly, the New York Knicks is very serious in preparing for the upcoming NBA season. The lackluster team is in the process of completing its roster following the NBA Overall Draft Pick and Free Agency Signing.
New York Knicks President Phil Jackson announced today that the team has re-signed forward Lance Thomas to a one-year deal worth $1.6m.
The 6-foot-8 Thomas was acquired this past season as part of a three-way deal with Cleveland and Oklahoma City Thunder. He signed his first 10-day contract with New York on Jan. 10, 2015.
As a fan favorite, the 27-year-old New York native averaged 8.3 points and 3.0 rebounds in 40 games for the Knicks this past season, and the four-year NBA professional holds career averages of 2.6 points and 4.5 rebounds over 168 games.
Aside from Thomas, the Knicks also brought back another player from their team last year as part of their roster completion. Louis Amundson and the Knicks agreed to a one-year, $1.65 million deal according to Amundson’s agent Mark Bartelstein.
In his 41 games with the Knicks last season, the power forward compiled 4.9 points and 5.1 rebounds a game to go with 1.6 assists and 1.3 blocks in only 20.9 minutes per game. He’s been the ultimate hustle player, as he did all of the little things some players weren’t willing to do night in and night out, let alone every minute they were in the court.
Like Thomas, the 32-year-old California native was acquired in the three-team trade last season along with Alex Kirk that involved the Oklahoma City and Cleveland Cavaliers. Similar to the two players, Amundson was waived shortly after the trade so that his contract would not become guaranteed. It eventually became guaranteed though. They earned two 10-day contracts and then received a contract through the remainder of the season.
The two newly re-signed Knicks players were someone that head coach Derek Fisher spoke highly of. Fisher praised their demeanor and professionalism throughout their time with the team despite the ugly record that the Knicks compiled.
With Amundson and Thomas now under contract with a guaranteed deal, the Knicks have 11 players under contract. There are two more with partial deals in Langston Galloway and Ricky Ledo, leaving the Knicks with two available spots currently. Galloway is expected to make the final roster, but Ledo’s spot is not as concrete so the Knicks could have anywhere from 2-4 spots left on the roster.
Well, this goes to show that New York Knicks president Phil Jackson is definitely determined to have a good roster this year. We just hope that these newly drafted, signed and re-signed players will do their best to join this year’s playoffs. They have to remember that their team is coming off from a worst season last year. It’s time to bounce back then!