The New York Knicks and free agent guard Tony Wroten are finalizing terms on a multi-year contract, per several league sources.
According to Yahoo Sports, New York envisions former Sixer Wroten as a potential addition to bolster its backcourt behind established veterans Jose Calderon and Arron Afflalo.
Wroten, 22, is an intriguing prospect. But is he worth a multi-year deal? He has been riddled with major injury problems including an ACL tear last season. Evidently, the Knicks see potential in a player who was unceremoniously waived by the Philadelphia 76ers on Christmas Eve last year.
Last season, Wroten averaged an impressive 16.9 points and 5.2 assists for the Sixers before an ACL tear in January 2015 cut short last season. This season, he featured in only 8 games and 144 minutes before being cut by Philadelphia. Into his fourth NBA season, Worten has aggregated 11.1 points, 3 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 145 career games with Philadelphia 76ers and Memphis Grizzlies.
Knicks making big gamble?
While the financial terms of Wroten’s deal are yet to be disclosed, it’s expected that he’s signed to a veteran’s minimum-type deal that won’t eat too much of New York’s prized cap space. Wroten is unlikely to feature in any games this season but would be a part of the squad for the next few.
According to a Forbes report, Wroten’s deal is “a sign of desperation” from the New York Knicks, who have failed to sign any marquee free agents over the last few years. Josh Benjamin writes, “Knicks team president and Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson insists on signing Wroten, a 6-foot-6 combo guard with no consistent shot of which to speak.”
Tony Wroten, drafted 25th overall by the Washington Wizards in 2012, is a career 41-percent shooter and 23-percent shooter from deep. Clearly, the Knicks see something in him.