The signing of Michael Beasley filled out the last spot on the active roster for the New York Knicks this season, but there’s still a signing that can be made.
When Michael Beasley put pen to paper on Tuesday afternoon, that settled it. The New York Knicks have no more room for free agents on the active roster. They now have the 15 players they can carry into training camp.
Beasley could provide a scoring boost off the bench, especially if Carmelo Anthony is dealt away before the season.
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Nevertheless, there’s still room for one transaction.
Under the new CBA, teams are allowed to have two players on two-way contracts. The Knicks already have one in former Vanderbilt Commodores center Luke Kornet, who played for the team at Summer League.
Who will be the other two-way player?
There are a number of options the Knicks could look at, starting with former Notre Dame forward V.J. Beachem. One of the highest-rated prospects to go undrafted, Beachem received an invite to the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Summer League camp.
The team hasn’t made a move to sign him since, though.
Beachem averaged 14.5 points and 4.1 rebounds per game during his senior season at Notre Dame. He’s also known as a solid wing defender, and the Knicks could always use more of those.
They could also give a look to a more internal candidate. Nigel Hayes played with the team at Summer League, and performed at a high enough level to be invited to the team’s minicamp
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Hayes averaged 5.2 points and 5.0 rebounds per game during the Summer League stint, making 41.4 percent of his shots.
The Knicks have no reason to rush a decision to sign him with his minicamp invite, but the time for preparation should give Hayes every opportunity to earn the contract.
The two-way contracts grant teams the opportunity to stash prospects with their developmental G-League team, while having the opportunity to call them up for a total of 45 days during the season.
That means franchises have to strike a balance between accruing depth and finding prospects who can contribute down the road.
Who do you think the New York Knicks should sign to a two-way contract? Let us know in the comments!