Knicks Sign Free Agent Forward To Multi-Year Deal

The New York Knicks have added some depth to the frontcourt, by signing a deal for not only the final game of this season, but the 2023-24 season as well, with free agent forward/center Isaiah Roby. 

Per NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the deal includes "significant" guaranteed money. 

For one game on Sunday, this final contest of the season, Roby is getting a guaranteed $400,000 — whether he plays or not. On a normal minimum-salary deal, he would have earned just $10,932 for the one day. His contract, however, will be non-guaranteed for next season, though the Knicks hope he will show enough to crack the roster in the fall. 

A former second-rounder in the 2019 Draft, the 25-year-old Roby was with the San Antonio Spurs for 42 games this season, averaging 4.1 points and 2.5 rebounds in just 11 minutes per game. The Spurs waived him on March 3rd. But because he wasn't waived by March 1st, he is not eligible for the Knicks' playoff roster. 

San Antonio significantly cut his minutes this season, as he had much better numbers the previous two years with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Overall, in three NBA seasons covering 151 games, he's averaged 7.7 points and 4.4 rebounds in less than 19 minutes per game. But the 6'8", 230 pounder has impressive per-36 minute averages, at 14.6 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists, while shooting 35% from beyond the arc. 

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