Knicks Sign R.J. Barrett

The Knicks have signed R.J. Barrett to his rookie contract scale contract, according to the team’s Twitter feed.

Assuming he signed for 120% of the rookie scale, Barrett will take home $7.84MM during his first season in the league. Barrett is expected to play for the Knicks’ Summer League team in Las Vegas.

Barrett was excited to be drafted by the franchise and at the time, it appeared he would come into the league on a contender, as New York was expected to make a splash in free agency. Instead, he’ll be in a typical situation for a team drafting in the top five.

The No. 3 overall pick should have the opportunity to be one of the most productive rookies during the 2019/20 season.

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15 thoughts on “Knicks Sign R.J. Barrett

  1. He’s not demanding a trade any time soon. He made it very well known that he wanted to be a Knick. It’s close to home, and he’s going to walk in and be the man for a maligned but historic franchise.

    If you know his dad, he’s a high character guy. If R.J. has the same personality, he’ll want to give everything he has to try to turn the franchise around.

    Now, what I don’t understand is why the Knicks went out and signed so many bigs that will take minutes away from Mitchell Robinson.

    • snotrocket

      They have 2 championships in 75 years of existence, and the most recent one was in 1973. I guess that makes them a historic franchise, but only because they have been around for many years, not because they are historically good.

      • Well, they’re historically more important to the NBA than any other franchise. There wouldn’t be professional basketball if it weren’t for what happened in NYC in the first part of the century, and certainly no BAA, and thus no NBA, without the Knicks. Whatever team you follow, know they wouldn’t exist without the Knicks.

        • x%sure

          No pro basketball in America without the Knicks? HA HA

          Barrett will be good there though

    • JonnyLucas

      I think that might be right. He’s got a tenacity and a confidence… He wants to be great.

  2. Archie M.

    He better make the most of this opportunity to be the new face of the Knicks.

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