The Knicks have signed Allonzo Trier to an NBA contract, using their bi-annual exception to sign Trier for two years at $3.382 million per season.
The New York Knicks and two-way guard Allonzo Trier have agreed to a two-year deal, per league sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium. The Knicks are expected to release Ron Baker to create roster space, league sources said.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 13, 2018
Trier is signing two-year NBA deal using Knicks' bi-annual exception, league sources said. Trier has become part of Knicks' future after going undrafted and agreeing to two-way deal on draft night in June. https://t.co/Ks1X8ZsiNi— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 13, 2018
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.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) December 13, 2018
Trier signing an NBA deal with the Knicks once his allotted 45 days with the big club were up (per his two-way contract) was basically a formality. Averaging 11.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game with a robust .580 TS%, sending Trier down to the G-League for any reason would’ve been a travesty. He’s clearly an NBA player and ready to stick with the Knicks.
Two things to note here: one, by using the BAE, the Knicks lose the right to use that exception until at least the 2020 offseason. Secondly, once Trier’s contract expires in the 2020 offseason, he’ll be a restricted free agent, and the Knicks will be able to match any offer that he might receive. The team option also gives the Knicks a chance to opt out of Trier’s deal this summer, which figures to be a “break in case of emergency” option if they need to clear some cap space in a hurry for a big free agent.
As our own Ashwin Ramnath correctly predicted a little over a week ago, Ron Baker was the cut to make room for Iso Zo. Ron was a fun Knick, and we’ll probably pay better tribute to him sometime soon — but in the meantime, check out the highlights of his rookie season, arguably his best:
What’s your favorite Ron moment? Was the price right on the Trier deal? Let us know down in the comments.