The Knicks have re-signed center Luke Kornet, per Marc Berman.
Source: Knicks have agreed to terms with C Luke Kornet on a one-year deal for $1.6M - his non-bird exception.— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) July 1, 2018
The 7-footer spent last season as one of New York’s first-ever two-way contracts, playing most of the year in Westchester before getting a 20-game tryout with the big club late in the campaign. He impressed with his three-point shooting (35.4 3P%) and shot-blocking.
Kornet has been working out regularly with the Knicks this summer. He told The Post that new head coach David Fizdale has had him working on his overall offensive game.
“[Fizdale] wants everyone to be able to drive and finish. It’s something I’ve worked a on a lot — being able to finish better. My 3-point shooting is the center of my offensive game, and I want to be great at that. But the finishing aspect would really take me to the next level.”
Kornet is one of three Knicks who figure to be in line for minutes at the center position at the start of next season, along with Enes Kanter and Joakim Noah. The team also drafted Mitchell Robinson, who didn’t play a single minute of organization basketball last season, but I imagine he’ll start the year in the G League. Depending on the organization’s plans for Noah, we might just see Kornet getting big minutes on Opening Night as New York’s backup center.