Ian Begley: Knicks have claimed ex-Net Theo Pinson, per SNY sources. New York will waive Allonzo Trier to make room for Pinson, sources say.
Trier will be a free agent and only Leon Rose, expected to take over the presidency next week, can change his Knicks’ fortunes and demand Miller try him in the rotation spot. The Knicks rank 27th in 3-point shooting at 33.4 percent. Trier knows room for him exists in an NBA that emphasizes 3-point shooting because of new analytics “I’m confident in me as a player,’’ Trier said. “I know what I bring to the table. I know what I can do. And how hard I work at this game.
When garbage time cometh, Trier entered the contest, played the game’s final 6:22 with the club down 23. All Trier did was drain both his 3-pointers and go 3-for-4 from the field, 1-of-2 from the free-throw line for nine points. He finished a plus-12. It seems anytime he gets his garbage-time chance and comes in ice cold, he knocks down shots. “It’s one of those you don’t take credit for doing your job,’’ said Trier, who is shooting 35.4 percent from 3. “It’s part of the game if that’s your role. You got to overcome it. It’s hard to be cold and come into the game and that’s what a role player has to do to contribute.”
Shams Charania: The New York Knicks have exercised guard Allonzo Trier's $3.5M team option for the 2019-20 season, league sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
The Knicks have a team option for $3.5 million on Trier. If they need added cap space to fit in Durant and, say, Kyrie Irving or Kemba Walker, they may be able to release Trier and re-sign him for a little less. “We’ll see how, I guess,’’ Trier said. “Everything pointed toward me being here.”
The cap space for New York in 2019-20 now projects to be $29.5M after the Allonzo Trier signing ($3.55M cap hit). The room takes into account: 1) All free agent cap holds renounced except for Kristaps Porzingis 2) Waiving the non-guaranteed contract of Lance Thomas 3) Their own first round pick. The projected max for a player with 7-9 years of service like Kyrie Irving is $32.7M and for 10+ years like Kevin Durant $38.15M.
Ian Begley: Allonzo Trier's two-year contract is for $7 million and has a team option for the second year, per ESPN sources. Ron Baker will be waived to make room for Trier.
June 21, 2021 | 8:26 pm EDT Update
Ohm Youngmisuk: Marcus Morris is not on the latest injury report for the Clippers but Ty Lue did say he was uncertain about Morris’ knee.
Mark Medina: Clippers coach Ty Lue on Kawhi Leonard’s progress with rehab: “I really don’t know. I just get the updates that he’s out today. I just move on from there. I don’t want to question ‘When’s he coming back, or how long? Is he playing tomorrow? Is he playing tonight?’ Okay. Move on.”
Dwight Jaynes: While two candidates have been widely known as finalists for the Trail Blazers’ coaching job, NBA sources confirm they are not the only finalists. And knowing Neil Olshey, there may be a secret candidate out there who will surprise us all by getting the job.
June 21, 2021 | 7:41 pm EDT Update
Mirjam Swanson: Luke Kennard on Marcus’ role defensively: “He’s a physical defender, and that’s what we need, especially this late in the playoffs. Hopefully he’s good to go and we’ll see what he can do. But we definitely need him out there.”