Billy Garrett

Knicks Decline 2019/20 Option On Billy Garrett

The Knicks are turning down their 2019/20 team option on shooting guard Billy Garrett, reports Michael Scotto of The Athletic (via Twitter).

The move doesn’t come as a surprise. Even if they don’t land their top targets in free agency, the Knicks want to maximize their cap room, and clearing Garrett’s modest $1,416,852 option from their books creates a little bit of added flexibility.

Garrett, 24, made his NBA debut in April for the Knicks, posting 6.5 PPG and 1.8 APG in four games (15.8 MPG) for the club down the stretch.

Garrett will technically be eligible for restricted free agency since he only has one year of NBA experience under his belt, but New York almost certainly won’t tender him a qualifying offer since that QO would also eat into the club’s cap space. The former DePaul standout will instead be on track for unrestricted free agency.

Atlantic Notes: Knicks, Sixers, T. Harris, Nets

The Knicks find themselves in an interesting cap situation this summer as they mull a possible run at Anthony Davis, as well as the pursuit of multiple elite free agents. As Ian Begley of SNY.tv explains, it’s possible for New York to sign a pair of star free agents and then acquire Davis by sending out just enough salary to match his cap figure. However, matching salaries in that scenario could be complicated by Davis’ trade bonus and by which players the Knicks have at their disposal to move.

While it may seem counter-intuitive, the Knicks’ flexibility could actually increase if they exercise some combination of options on players like Allonzo Trier, John Jenkins, Henry Ellenson, and Billy Garrett. Picking up some of those options could still leave New York with two max slots, and would give the team additional salaries to send out for matching purposes in a Davis offer.

Here’s more from around the Atlantic:

  • If the Sixers re-sign both Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris to lucrative long-term deals and also make a maximum-salary commitment to Ben Simmons, they won’t necessarily be a taxpayer in 2019/20, but it’d be virtually impossible to avoid the tax in future seasons, Derek Bodner of The Athletic writes in an in-depth cap breakdown.
  • With Tobias Harris’ list of suitors continuing to grow, Net Income of NetsDaily explores whether it would be worth it for the Nets to offer the free agent forward a maximum-salary contract.
  • Performances like the one Kawhi Leonard turned in on Thursday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals were what Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri envisioned when he pulled the trigger on the Leonard blockbuster with San Antonio last July, writes Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports.
  • Kansas guard Devon Dotson was among the draft-eligible prospects to work out for the Celtics on Thursday, tweets Sean Deveney of Sporting News. According to Deveney, Dotson is still mulling the possibility of returning to the Jayhawks and will make his decision next week before the NCAA’s May 29 withdrawal deadline.

Knicks Sign Billy Garrett For Rest Of Season

2:55pm: The Knicks have officially signed Garrett, the team confirmed today in a press release. The announcement classifies the deal as a 10-day contract, despite the fact that there are only nine days left in the season.

12:21pm: The Knicks are filling the open spot on their 15-man roster by promoting shooting guard Billy Garrett from their G League affiliate, reports Ian Begley of ESPN.com. According to Begley (via Twitter), Garrett has signed a rest-of-season contract with New York.

Garrett, who went undrafted out of DePaul in 2017, has been a member of the Westchester Knicks since going pro. In 2018/19, he appeared in NBAGL 48 games for the club, averaging 16.5 PPG, 3.7 APG, and 3.3 RPG with a .475/.322/.856 shooting line in 29.8 minutes per contest.

It’s not clear if the Knicks view Garrett as a potential part of their future or if his new contract includes any sort of club option for 2019/20 — the deal may simply be a way to give him an end-of-season salary bump and reward him for his strong play in Westchester.

The Knicks, who dipped down to 12 players on their roster following the trade deadline, filled two of their three available slots by signing John Jenkins and Henry Ellenson, but had held their 15th spot open for the last couple months. The team now has a full roster with the end of the regular season just eight days away.

Knicks Waive Billy Garrett

A day after signing with the Knicks, former DePaul guard Billy Garrett has been waived, the team announced today (via Twitter). New York has been turning over the 20th spot on its roster frequently within the last week, with Garrett’s brief stint as a Knick serving as the latest example.

Garrett was part of New York’s Summer League team this year after playing for the organization’s G League affiliate in Westchester last season. The 23-year-old appeared in 50 G League games in 2017/18, posting 11.9 PPG, 2.7 RPG, and 2.5 APG in 27.2 minutes per contest.

The Knicks have signed and waived a handful of players in recent days, securing those players’ G League rights for the upcoming season. Tyrius Walker and John Jenkins were among the others who were cut shortly after joining the roster.

New York now has an open spot on its 20-man preseason roster. At some point, the club is expected to use that opening to sign former Columbia forward Jeff Coby, another candidate to play for the Westchester Knicks in 2018/19. Coby reportedly reached an agreement with the Knicks last month.

Billy Garrett Signs With Knicks

2:26pm: The Knicks have officially signed Garrett, the team announced today (via Twitter).

8:44am: The Knicks will sign former DePaul guard Billy Garrett to an Exhibit 10 contract, tweets Ian Begley of ESPN.

Garrett was part of New York’s summer league team this year and played for the organization’s G League affiliate in Westchester last season. He appeared in 50 G League games, posting an 11.9/2.7/2.5 line.

The Knicks have made a series of roster moves this week to secure the rights of players for Westchester, waiving Tyrius Walker, signing and waiving Phillip Carr and signing John Jenkins. They are currently at the 20-man roster limit and will have to waive somebody before adding Garrett.

The Knicks also have a reported deal with Jeff Coby, so another opening will have to be created  before his signing becomes official.

Pre-Draft Workouts: Hart, Smith Jr., Kennard, Adebayo

It’s that time of the summer, days until the NBA draft, when your favorite team is doing its due diligence and working out every prospect and his brother. Here is the latest in pre-draft workout news:

Draft Notes: Smith Jr., Collins, Leaf, Sixers

The Lakers have a short list of players they’re said to be targeting with the No. 2 pick in this year’s NBA Draft but they opted to bring North Carolina State guard Dennis Smith Jr. for a workout just in case they trade down, Mark Medina of the Orange County Register writes.

Smith Jr., a possible top-10 pick, participated in a group workout this weekend with a series of other draft hopefuls, including Syracuse’s Tyler Lydon. The guard impressed in the audition, his talent a cut above the rest.

Smith Jr. was sure to do his homework prior to his day with the Lakers and thinks that he can fill a void.

I checked one of the stats and they’re bottom 10 in almost everything relative to pick-and-roll scoring,” he said. “I think I can contribute to that.

There are more draft notes from around the league:

  • While he may not be around when the Jazz pick 24th in this month’s draft, TJ Leaf believes he would be a good fit with the franchise, Jody Genessy of the Deseret News writes. “Obviously draft number’s a big deal as well, but if I drop a couple of places and go to a team with a perfect fit, that’s who we want,” Leaf said after a recent workout in Utah. “We see a team like this — great coach, great system — and I think I’d fit well here, so that’s why I scheduled this one.
  • After an unexpectedly dominant first season at Gonzaga, Zach Collins is a potential one-and-done lottery pick. Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee recently profiled the sharp-shooting big man, offering him up as a legitimate option for when the Kings pick at No. 10.
  • The Sixers will bring in Kyle Kuzma of Utah and Clemson’s Jaron Blossomgame for workouts tomorrow, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes. Kuzma is projected as a late first-round pick by NBADraft.net, while Blossomgame is expected to drop into the second round. Billy Garrett (DePaul), Jalen Moore (Utah State), V.J. Beachem (Notre Dame), and Dominique Hawkins (Kentucky) will also audition for Philadelphia.