Knicks guard Luca Vildoza is expected to be in the United States on Friday, league sources confirm. Once Vildoza arrives, he will need to undergo six days of COVID-19 testing as part of NBA’s protocols before he can be around members of the Knicks organization. If Vildoza, a EuroLeague standout, arrives on Friday and begins testing on Saturday, he could be cleared by next Friday.
More Rumors in this Storyline
Once he clears league COVID-19 protocols, Vildoza is expected to practice with members of the Knicks coaching staff, league sources say. Prior to signing with the Knicks, Vildoza had been playing in Spain with Baskonia, where he averaged 10.1 points per game on 41 percent shooting in 25.2 minutes per contest. He was also shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc this season. Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said recently that Vildoza was unlikely to play with the Knicks during the postseason.
The Knicks’ newly signed combo guard Luca Vildoza is flying into New York Friday and will wear the number of an old Knicks icon when he arrives, according to a Spanish-language Twitter account run by his press team. Vildoza is slated to don “17,’’ the number of former Knicks PG Jeremy Lin – aka Linsanity.
Vildoza, 25, who played for Baskonia of the Spanish League, signed a four-year, $13.6 million deal earlier this month. The final three years aren’t guaranteed. Vildoza’s second season becomes guaranteed the day after the season opener, The Post reported. He will make $3.5 million this season – minus his Spanish buyout. The signing costs the Knicks players a bonus of $200,000 because the team no longer is under the salary-cap minimum.
Ian Begley: To make room for Luca Vildoza on the roster, Jared Harper’s contract will be converted to a two-way deal, per league source.
Bobby Marks: New York was $2.45M below the minimum salary floor and this signing will now push them over. We saw this occur with OKC and Gabriel Deck. Smart concept of targeting an international player now (with $$ that would have been lost) compared to waiting until the offseason.
Luca Vildoza, an Argentinian guard with Baskonia of the Spanish ACB League, has agreed in principle to a four-year, $13.6 million deal with the New York Knicks, his agent, Alex Saratsis of Octagon Sports, told ESPN.
Vildoza, one of the premier playmakers in Europe, will fly to New York once he clears the immigration process. There’s no clear timetable on his arrival this season, based upon immigration, physicals and protocols.
The Knicks had the salary cap space and roster spot to get ahead of summer free agency and secure Vildoza now. Vildoza, 25, would’ve been one of the top available free agent point guards in the 2021 summer marketplace.
Ian Begley: After a late change of plans, NYK will not sign Simi Shittu, sources say. Club has an open roster spot. Sources confirm NYK has been in talks with Argentinian G Luca Vildoza to add him to roster. @Jorge Sierra reports there’s a deal in place. @Chema de Lucas earlier reported talks.
Jorge Sierra: Argentinian guard Luca Vildoza is expected to sign a deal with the New York Knicks, HoopsHype has learned. There’s already an agreement in place for a buyout between Vildoza and Baskonia.
Chema de Lucas: The Knicks will try to sign Luca Vildoza (Baskonia) right away.
Storyline Hype Rumor visits per day for the last week
Views per day
June 21, 2021 | 5:57 pm EDT Update
Mark Medina: Clippers coach Ty Lue said Kawhi Leonard is out for Game 2. He added Marcus Morris Sr. “is still experiencing soreness” and “getting treatment around the clock.” His status unclear for Game 2
Law Murray: Tyronn Lue says that Rajon Rondo’s “pace” is very important, especially with Leonard out. Sounds like he’ll continue in a similar role tomorrow as we saw in Game 1 yesterday. “Rondo brings more than scoring and shooting… we need all of the other intangibles that he brings.”