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The Knicks continued to use the cap space they didn't spend on Kevin Durant late Sunday night when they agreed to a two-year, $21 million deal with free agent Reggie Bullock, league sources confirmed to SNY.
The move leaves the Knicks with roughly $18 million in cap space, well shy of a max slot. So, in case it was unclear, you can cross Kawhi Leonard off of the Knicks' list.
Bullock, a career 39 percent three-point shooter, gives the Knicks a versatile defender who can spread the floor.
The club had previously showed interest in sharp shooter Wayne Ellington. It's unclear if they remain in touch with him.
Bullock joins Julius Randle, Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis. None of the deals were guaranteed for more than two years, so the club accomplished its goal of maintaining flexibility if big stars decide to go elsewhere.
That probably doesn't lessen the sting Knicks fans are feeling about Durant and Kyrie Irving choosing the Brooklyn Nets over the Knicks.
The Knicks had hoped to land Durant even after he suffered an Achilles injury in the NBA Finals. Now, they will attempt to grow their young core of players, including RJ Barrett, Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson and Allonzo Trier.
The Bullock deal was first reported by The Athletic.