In a fairly shocking move, the Knicks have released Mindaugas Kuzminskas in order to clear a roster spot for Joakim Noah.
The NY Knicks have waived forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas. pic.twitter.com/HZHFIRiFBe— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) November 12, 2017
Noah, who just finished serving a 20-game sentence for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, needed to be added to the Knicks’ roster by 5:00 PM Sunday. But why Kuz instead of, say, Ramon Sessions?
One factor in decision to waive Kuzminskas over Ramon Sessions, as reported by @wojespn, was due to the recent injury history of Jarrett Jack, per sources. The Knicks have to eat around $3 million to waive Kuzminskas— about 700K more than they would have if they waived Sessions.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) November 12, 2017
Jarrett Jack was the only Knick without a fully guaranteed contract, but the Knicks are 7-2 since inserting him into the starting lineup, so clearly he was not going to be the one to get the ax. If Sessions is so important to the team as an insurance policy against Jack’s poor health history, then why the hell did the team just pay out good money to Ron Baker, who also doesn’t play?
Alas, none of this matters now. Perhaps this is the best for Kuzminskas, who only appeared in one game for the Knicks this season. All I know is that I’m gonna miss that crazy Lithuanian, with his million-dollar smile and his delightful social media putdowns. Godspeed, Kuz.