The Knicks trimmed their roster to the league’s maximum by cutting five players Friday, including Lou Amundson and Chasson Randle.
The moves left undrafted free agents Ron Baker, Maurice NDour and Marshall Plumlee as part of the 15-man roster set to play the opener Tuesday in Cleveland.
Amundson, a 33-year-old power forward, has a guaranteed deal worth about $1 million, but the Knicks decided to eat that money to accommodate the younger and bigger Plumlee. Randle had the misfortune of suffering a broken orbital bone last week in practice and is out for 3-to-4 weeks, spoiling the point guard’s strong Summer League and preseason.
The Knicks could re-sign Randle when healthy for their D-League team – and perhaps work him back on their roster – but he’s now a free agent and could leave for a better opportunity. His contract with the Knicks included $100,000 guaranteed.
Randle’s injury cleared the way for the inclusion of Baker on the roster. The 23-year-old from Wichita State is now the third point guard behind Derrick Rose and Brandon Jennings. His $543,000 contract became guaranteed.
The Knicks also waived JP Tokoto, Damien Inglis and Cleanthony Early, whom are expected to play with the D-League team in Westchester. Tokoto also had $100,000 guaranteed in his contract. Early was Phil Jackson’s first draft pick in 2015 but never progressed beyond fringe NBA player.
NDour, who signed a minimum guaranteed deal over the summer, made the 15-man roster despite a disappointing preseason in which he averaged 4.3 points in 15 minutes.
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News