Almost as quickly as he became a New York Knick, Jacob Evans is now gone.
New York Knicks announced today that the team has waived guard Jacob Evans.— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) December 9, 2020
Evans came over as part of the deal that sent Ed Davis to the Minnesota Timberwolves and netted the Knicks Evans, Omari Spellman, and a second round pick (in addition to the two seconds that the Knicks got for taking on Davis from the Utah Jazz). Ultimately it’s not too surprising to see the Knicks cut Evans — it seems like he was more or less in the trade to make salaries match, and from a player perspective, the team seemed way more enamored with Spellman.
Evans was drafted by the Warriors with the 28th pick in the 2018 draft out of Cincinnati (two picks before Spellman, go figure), and got shipped to Minnesota last year as part of the D’Angelo Russell deal. He’s averaged a whopping 2.8 points on .337/.315/.833 shooting so far in his career. Ultimately, it’s pretty unsurprising that he wasn’t able to make it past camp.
Knicks down to 15 guaranteed contracts.— Knicks Film School (@KnickSchool) December 9, 2020
Do they waive/trade one more to make space for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist? pic.twitter.com/DZsdEfdbFn
Cutting Evans now officially puts the Knicks at 15 guaranteed contracts, but if their interest in either Michael Kidd-Gilchrist or Myles Powell extends just beyond wanting them as training camp bodies, they’ll need to cut some more players from the back end of the roster. The prime candidate there (unfortunately) would seem to be Ignas Brazdeikis, who the old front office regime took in the second round of last year’s draft and has had minimal NBA service time to prove himself.
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