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Knicks sign guard Duane Washington, waive center Dmytro Skapintsev

Stealth transactions in the G League shadows.

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Not happy enough with landing OG Anunoby, Precious Achiuwa, and Malachi Flynn in a consolidation trade that somehow ended up adding depth to the roster, the New York Knicks completed a couple of transactions in the past few days by waiving a player and bringing back an old friend.

The Knicks waived Ukrainian big boy Dmytro Skapintsev on Jan. 1 after trading for the trio of Raptors a couple of days earlier. The PR mob announced the move a day after it was initially reported by Fred Katz of The Athletic, probably just to give Dimo a nice entry to the New Year.

Dimo appeared in a couple of games for the Knicks in garbage time following his call-up on Dec. 23 when New York had no other option than signing him to a two-way deal to throw a warm body into practices and use him in break-in-case-of-emergency situations with Mitch Robinson and Jericho Sims getting injured and no depth at the five.

Skapintsev’s addition meant the cut of Jaylen Martin one day after he led the G League Westchester Knicks to the championship. Now, it’s Dimo getting the axe following the latest transaction made by New York and announced on Wednesday...

The Knicks signed Duane Washington Jr. to a two-way contract on Jan. 3, adding him to the G League roster of the Knicks for the time being.

Washington is an old-known face around these places, and if you’re more than a casual hoops fan, you have probably heard about him whether that happened recently or months ago, let alone cities away.

That’s because Washington entered the NBA back in the fall of 2021 as an undrafted free agency coming off Ohio State when the Pacers inked him to his first professional deal. He played 48 games for Indy in the 2022 campaign logging seven starts and averaging a nice 10-2-2 line on a solid 20 minutes of playing time.

Washington spent the 2023 season with the Suns, playing 31 games (three of them in the starting lineup) and putting up a lower 8-1-2 line on some 13 MPG.

Now, when it comes to Duane and the Knicks organization, this marks the third time franchise and man are agreeing to a deal since the former Buckeye entered the Association. That’s funny, considering he has yet to get his first call donning Orange and Blue threads in the L.

DW was cut in November when he went down with an injury expected to leave him on the shelves for six to eight weeks. According to HoopsRumors, Washington’s salary will become guaranteed if he’s still rostered through Jan. 7 (that’s next Sunday), although they point “two-way salaries don’t count toward the salary cap or luxury tax.”

While it’s true that Washington’s frame fits the Knicks need for a guard, his talents might be quite on par with the NBA demands. That said, it’s worth noting that as mentioned above, Washington comes with some experience in the L and he was rather productive for the G League Knicks averaging 27.3 PPG, 6.3 APG, and 4 RPG shooting .588/.417/.700 in three Showcase Cup last month.