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The Knicks rounded out their roster heading into training camp by signing guards Amir Hinton and Lamar Peters along with forwards VJ King and Kenny Wooten.
New York now has a maximum of 20 players under contract heading into camp, which begins at the end of the month.
The club has 15 players on traditional NBA contracts and one player (Kadeem Allen) on a two-way deal. Teams can carry up to two players on two-way deals, so New York can add one of the players above - or any other player not under contract - on a two-way deal if it chooses.
The Knicks had agreed to a two-way deal with UCLA's Kris Wilkes shortly after the NBA Draft. Knicks executives talked excitedly about Wilkes in their press conference, which is understandable because a deal was verbally agreed upon.
But the Knicks never formally announced the signing and, barring a change to the roster, Wilkes will not be in camp with the Knicks. It's unclear why the signing never came to fruition, but it leaves New York with one NBA roster spot entering the season.
Peters, Hinton, King and Wooten likely signed Exhibit 10 deals, which contain a financial incentive for the player to sign with the Knicks' G League club - the Westchester Knicks - if they are waived.
Players earn the bonus in the Exhibit 10 deal - which can be as much as $50,000 - if they remain with the G League club for 60 days.
The Exhibit 10 contract can also be converted to a two-way contract.
Worth noting: NBA teams are capped at having 20 players on the roster during training camp, but that doesn't necessarily mean that the 20 players currently under contract with the Knicks will be on the roster for the entirety of training camp/preseason.
Teams, including the Knicks, have waived players on Exhibit 10 deals during training camp and signed another player to a camp deal. The player on the Exhibit 10 deal, in theory, signs with the Westchester Knicks and the big club gets the chance to look at another player in a training camp/preseason setting.
This is relevant because the Knicks have had some players, including Hasheem Thabeet, participating in workouts at the team facility this week. The Knicks' interest in signing Thabeet is unknown. But New York has the option to waive a player on an Exhibit 10 deal during camp and sign a player like Thabeet while keeping the Exhibit 10 player in the organization in Westchester.
Here is some information on the four players the Knicks signed (all four played on the Knicks Summer League Team. Analyst Spencer Pearlman has video breakdowns of all of them below:)
Knicks' Summer League mini videos:- Spencer (@SKPearlman) June 28, 2019
Lamar Peters: (Link: https://t.co/K3atAd8ZUk)
Hinton, from Shaw University (Division II), is a 6-5 guard. He averaged 29 points, 5 rebounds, four assists and 2 steals while playing 38 minutes a game in college last season. That scoring average led Division II last year.
Peters, a 6-0 guard from Mississippi State, averaged 12 points, 5 assists and 1.7 steals per game last season.
Wooten, a 6-9 forward from Oregon, was named to the Pac-12 All Defensive team twice in college. He averaged six points, five rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game last season. Wooten also blocked 2.5 shots per game in Summer League for New York.
King, a 6-6 forward, averaged 6.1 points and 2.8 rebounds over three years at Louisville.