Rumor: New York expected to give Allonzo Trier full-fledged NBA deal
The New York Knicks are expected to convert guard Allonzo Trier’s two-way contract into a full-fledged NBA deal, according to ZagsBlog‘s Adam Zagoria. Trier is among two rotational players awaiting a commitment from the team, as three-point specialist Damyean Dotson has also shown encouraging signs early this season despite the musical chairs ensemble coach David Fizdale has brought along in his first season with the Knicks.
Trier is averaging 11.3 points and 3.1 rebounds per game for the Knicks (8-20) this season and has scored 20 points or more in four games for New York, including a season-high 25 with eight rebounds and four assists against the New Orleans Pelicans on November 23.
The undrafted guard has been a shining piece for the Knicks after the team passed up on him twice in draft night. The New York regime was likely targeting him as the first to be signed to a deal, given he is a direct product of this front office regime under president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry, while Dotson is still a remnant of the Phil Jackson era.
“We’ve had some talks about it and it’s something that I’m sure we’ll figure out soon,” Trier said of his situation back in October. “That’s all I can really say. It’s kind of between management and me and my agent and stuff like that.”
The Knicks could cut former Wichita State guard Ron Baker or center Luke Kornet to make room for Trier on the 15-man roster, according to The New York Post.
“They’ve done a great job of making me feel like I’m welcome here,” Trier told Zagoria. “They treat me like I’m one of their picks. They say they’re very excited about the future and having me right now.
“They’re looking forward to changing this culture and turning this into something really special.”
Trier figures to get playing time as long as he remains under contract, given the strong start of the season he’s had under coach Fizdale.