With the imminent return of Joakim Noah now less than a week away and Jarrett Jack starting nightly on his non-guaranteed contract, someone is either going to need to be cut or traded in the next week for the Knicks to stay under the league’s roster maximum of 15 players.
To that end, the club has contacted teams recently to gauge interest in forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas, opposing executives told ESPN. The interest level in Kuzminskas, who hasn’t been part of the Knicks’ rotation this season, is unclear. It’s worth noting that Kuzminskas, 28, was productive when given minutes last season (he averaged 6.0 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists in 15 minutes per game) and that he had a strong showing for Lithuania in the European Championships.
If New York doesn’t find a deal it likes involving Kuzminskas, Ramon Sessions would seem to be a likely candidate to be waived. Sessions, whose contract is fully guaranteed for the veteran’s minimum, hasn’t played since he was replaced by Jack in the fourth game of the season.
So, yeah. Makes sense, even if losing Kuz would mean subtracting one country from the United Knick Nations. Begley also floated a much more unlikely (and quite frankly, almost laugh-worthy) scenario:
Of course, trading Noah, who has three years remaining on a four-year, $72 million contract, is an option, though a highly unlikely one. New York has made Noah available in conversations with several teams since the end of last season, per league sources, but hasn't found a suitable deal.
KNICKS: Hey, (TEAM), would you be interested in a slightly used Joakim Noah? He’s got less than 18,000 minutes on him, and he just had a new rotator cuff installed last season. We even ran some illegal high-octane vitamins through him to put some pep back in his step. All for the low, low price of one heavily protected second round pick. So what do you think?
OPPOSING TEAM: No.
Anyway, if Kuz or Sesh’s days are limited with the Knicks, it’ll be sad to see them go. Or, at least, it’ll be sad to see Kuz go. Don’t really care about Sessions (sorry, bud).