Leon Rose remains unsure of Kevin Knox’s future with Knicks
New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox’s future with the team may be in jeopardy. According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, newly-appointed Knicks president Leon Rose is unsure if Knox should be a part of the team’s future.
Overall, Knox has been a bit of a mixed bag since being drafted ninth overall in 2018 out of Kentucky. After showing promise as a rookie, Knox has seen his role shrink dramatically in his second year.
The 6-foot-7 forward has gone from playing 28.8 minutes per contest and starting in the majority of the Knicks’ games to playing just 17.9 minutes a game and starting only four of the 65 games he appeared in before the season was postponed.
And while the Knicks, as a whole, have been a disaster this season, Knox has been particularly bad. The former five-star prospect is putting up just 6.4 points and 2.8 rebounds per game this season. To make matters worse, Knox has been terribly inefficient as well, shooting 35.9 percent from the field and 32.7 percent from deep.
“Not giving him a runway after the All-Star break was one of the odder things going on in the NBA,’’ one NBA personnel man told Berman. “His motor isn’t high enough yet, but you needed him to play more.’’
Still, the former top-10 pick is only 20 years old and has plenty of room to grow as a basketball player. However, a clear direction regarding Knox’s future will likely come fairly soon as Rose has to decide whether or not to exercise the youngster’s fourth-year option worth $5.8 million by the fall.