Big man Luke Kornet has agreed to a two-year contract with the Chicago Bulls, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reports.
Kornet last played for the New York Knicks, spending his first two professional seasons with the franchise after going undrafted in 2017. Prior to his two-year stint with New York, Kornet played four collegiate seasons at Vanderbilt University.
Kornet first signed a two-way contract with the Knicks in 2017 before signing as a free agent to a one-year deal last summer. He’s been a bench piece for the team, averaging only 16.8 minutes per game in his brief NBA tenure thus far.
Chicago has also recently re-signed guard Ryan Arcidianoco and signed free agents forward Thaddeus Young and guard Tomas Satoransky. In addition to those transactions, the Bulls selected guard Coby White from the University of North Carolina with the seventh overall pick in June’s NBA draft.
Kornet, turning 24 on July 15th, can play both power forward and center positions. He’s a seven-footer mostly known for his ability to stretch the floor and knock down perimeter shots. Kornet has averaged a 36% accuracy rate from three-point range in his career. He also spent some time for Knicks head coach David Fizdale playing zone defense with New York’s rookie center Mitchell Robinson, who made the All-Rookie second team this year. The Knicks, owners of a disastrous 17-65 record this past season, attempted to utilize the two seven-footers to stifle opponents’ offenses while giving Kornet the opportunity to launch from deep and stretch defenses thin.
Kornet averaged 6.9 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game in 66 total appearances while shooting 38.2% from the field, 36% from three, and 80.7% from the free throw line.