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Knicks release Kadeem Allen, sign Jared Harper to a two-way contract

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Former Auburn Tiger.

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New York Knicks president Leon Rose finally spoke to the public Wednesday, and he didn’t waste any time making roster moves a day later, even with his team done for the 2019-20 season.

The team announced Thursday that they were releasing two-way contract player Kadeem Allen and signing former Phoenix Suns two-way player Jared Harper. Harper’s deal with the Knicks expires at the end of this season, but they will retain non-Bird rights on him and can re-sign him to a two-way deal next season.

Harper, 22, was a star of Auburn’s Final Four run a few years back, but went undrafted in 2019. He’s only 5’11” but extremely fast and has a reputation as a good shooter and defender.

To be honest, Harper’s first season in the G League wasn’t much to write home about. He averaged 20.8 per game over 33 games with the Northern Arizona Suns, shooting 41.2/35.7/79.7 with 5.7 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 2.9 turnovers.

And let us not forget to bid farewell to Kadeem Allen, who stuck with New York for nearly two seasons. The 27-year-old showed flashed two years ago, but didn’t get many chances this season. Here’s hoping he makes his money somewhere.