Julius Randle, Kemba Walker get more help as Knicks sign streaky scorer
The New York Knicks aren’t done making moves in the offseason. After their inspiring run last NBA season, the Knicks are banking on their renaissance to carry over to the next campaign.
Adding All-Star point guard Kemba Walker was a solid move for the Knicks, as they quickly addressed their PG need. Now, Walker will have a familiar face joining him in the Big Apple after the Knicks signed his former Charlotte Hornets teammate Dwayne Bacon.
According to ESPN reporter Tim Bontemps, Bacon and the Knicks agreed to a deal on Monday, although details weren’t disclosed.
The Knicks have agreed to a deal with free agent guard Dwayne Bacon, sources tell ESPN. Bacon averaged 10.9 points per game while playing all 72 games last season with the Orlando Magic.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) August 9, 2021
Bacon has had his moments in the last few seasons, providing instant scoring off the bench. It’s something that the Knicks will surely welcome, especially with coach Tom Thibodeau known to lean too much on his starters. Having a guy like Bacon come as a spark plug can give Thibodeau more depth to work with. Bacon’s conditioning will also help, as he’s one of only 11 players who suited up all 72 games last season.
The 6’6″ guard is known to have scoring streaks when given the opportunity to play decent minutes. But Bacon will have to fight for his burn time though, with Alec Burks and Immanuel Quickley also expected to retain their roles.
With the Knicks also getting Evan Fournier and re-signing Burks, Derrick Rose, Nerlens Noel, and Taj Gibson, things are shaping up well for the squad. Walker, Julius Randle, and RJ Barrett form a solid three-headed core, a clear upgrade from last year’s overachieving roster.