The New York Knicks have come to an agreement with former Trail Blazers big man Noah Vonleh. According to ESPN’s Ian Begley, the former Indiana standout will be taking his talents to New York next season. The Knicks will have to make an additional move to make room for his arrival.
The Knicks have reached an agreement with free agent big man Noah Vonleh, per ESPN sources.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) July 24, 2018
With Noah Vonleh on board, the Knicks have 16 players on NBA contracts and two players on 2-way contracts. They will need to waive or trade a player on an NBA contract by opening night to satisfy league roster requirements.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) July 24, 2018
Vonleh played in 185 regular season games (109 starts) during his tenure in Portland before being traded to Chicago at the deadline last year. Along with Gerald Henderson, Vonleh was part of the package that the Blazers received from the Hornets in exchange for Nic Batum.
The 22-year-old forward will join a crowded Knicks frontcourt for the upcoming season. Vonleh will likely compete with rookie Mitchell Robinson for minutes in coach David Fizdale’s post rotation.
Vonleh averaged 6.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game in his 21 appearances with the Bulls in 2017-18. The former lottery pick will be 23 years old when the 2018-19 season gets underway.