The New York Knicks and 2022 second-round draught selection Trevor Keels reached a two-way deal on Thursday.
The Knicks being the Knicks
The New York Knicks only had a second-round pick in the 2022 NBA Draft after trading their lone first-round pick on draught night, which was used to select Trevor Keels.
According to Fred Katz of The Athletic, the 42nd overall selection in this year’s draught decided to sign a two-way deal with the Knicks on Thursday.
Keels, 18, was among the youngest players selected in the 2022 NBA Draft. It was anticipated that he would be selected anywhere from the late first round to the early second round.
It was unexpected that Keels ultimately lost to the Knicks at No. 42 overall, but he still needs to improve on both sides of the court if he wants to become a valuable NBA player.
Trevor Keels, a shooting guard who stands 6 feet 4 and with a 6-7 wingspan, is another high-potential defensive player the Knicks have recruited to their squad through the NBA Draft in recent years.
Throughout the 2022–2023 season, he should have several chances to demonstrate his abilities, but the Summer League in Las Vegas will be quite beneficial for him.
On Friday, July 8 at 8:00 p.m. ET, Keels and the Knicks will make their Las Vegas debut against the Golden State Warriors.
New York Signs Jericho Sims
Jericho Sims, a former second-round selection in 2021, and the New York Knicks on Thursday came to an agreement for a new three-year contract. Sims spent the previous season in New York on a two-way contract.
The New York Knicks are beginning to fill out the rest of their roster after making one of the most significant moves of the NBA offseason by adding Jalen Brunson in free agency.
Shams Charania of The Athletic was the first to report that Jericho Sims and the Knicks have reached an agreement on a new three-year deal on Thursday.
Sims, 23, joined the team on a two-way deal for the 2021–2022 season after being selected by New York with the 58th overall pick in the 2021 draught. The former Texas Longhorn played for the Knicks last season in 41 games and got a lot of action toward the end of the season after New York had been eliminated from postseason contention.
As a rookie, Jericho Sims displayed his skills as a high-flying, acrobatic big man by averaging 13.5 minutes per game, 2.2 points, and 4.1 rebounds.
The Knicks are thrilled about Sims’ potential, even if he is still a developing athlete. Sims will have time to develop under the shadow of Mitchell Robinson, whom the franchise recently signed to a new long-term contract in free agency.
Sims averaged 7.3 points, 12.0 rebounds, 1.7 blocks, and 57.1 percent shooting in his final three games of the 2021–22 season. In all three of these games, he also got the start.