The Knicks officially announced Wednesday that they have agreed with SF Troy Williams on a 10-day contract.
The deal was agreed upon on Monday night, legendary AAU coach Boo Williams, Troy's uncle, told SNY.tv.
"Yeah, he agreed to a 10-day with them," Boo Williams said by phone. "He had four other offers [including Portland and Dallas] but he wanted to go to New York."
Williams, 23, was released last week after appearing in just four games this year. The Athletic's Mike Scotto first reported the agreement.
A second-year forward who went to Indiana, the 6-foot-7 Williams has averaged 5.6 points and 2.1 rebounds in 34 games (16 starts) with the Rockets and Memphis Grizzlies since the start of last season.
"I'm not an NBA guy but I think he'll bring athleticism, I think he'll bring energy," Boo Williams said. "And plus they're a young team. Scott Perry has done a good job. You know Troy's game, he'll bring energy and athleticism."
Boo Williams has known Knicks GM Scott Perry for two decades from his days as a college coach as Eastern Kentucky and Michigan.
"He talked to his agent, Steve Pina," Boo Williams said. "He's the same one who represents [Kristaps] Porzingis. I think it's a good fit. He just wants a place where he can play. I don't think Houston wanted to get rid of him, but he just wanted a place where he could play. And he was doing too well in the G League. In Memphis, he started 13 games in Memphis."
The Knicks are rebuilding around young players like Emmanuel Mudiay and Frank Ntilikina, along with Tim Hardaway Jr., and Boo Williams believes Troy can now showcase his skills during the final stretch of games.
"It gives him an opportunity to showcase his skills with the young players they got," Boo said. "I think with the players they have, that gives him an opportunity."
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