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Free-Agent guard Dwayne Bacon agreed to a one-year, minimum-salary deal with the New York Knicks. Bacon spent his first three seasons in Charlotte before suiting up for the Magic last season, finishing the year by averaging a career-high 10.9 points and 3.1 rebounds throughout all 72 games. The move purely adds depth for the Knickerbockers, although there could be a steaming opportunity for needy fantasy managers at some point during the 2021-22 campaign. However, he shouldn't be considered a consistent option in any format unless he gains a consistent role moving ahead.
New York Knicks guard Immanuel Quickley shined as the primary ball-handler for the Knicks Summer League with 7.8 assists across five games. The second-year guard played mostly off the ball during his rookie season, averaging 11.4 points, 2.0 assists, 1.8 3PM while shooting over 89% from the free throw line. While the Knicks added Kemba Walker and brought back Derrick Rose, Quickley will have his nights to lead the second-unit, or starters, at the point. Along with improving his shooting percentage from the field, the Kentucky product has the opportunity to provide sneaky value with an uptick in the scarce category of assists.
New York Knicks guard Kemba Walker (knee) had his introductory press conference at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday. Regarding his health, the four-time All-Star reported that his left knee "felt great" while also commenting that he intends to "come in feeling super good and continue to feel super good." The veteran signed a two-year, $18 million contract a few weeks ago after receiving a buyout by the Oklahoma City Thunder during the offseason. Throughout his 10 seasons in the league, the 31-year-old is averaging 19.9 points, 5.4 assists, and 1.3 steals and has historically been an effective fantasy option whenever he is on the floor. However, his health has been an issue, so managers should be mindful of that during upcoming drafts for the 2021-22 campaign.
Forward Julius Randle agreed to a four-year, $117 million contract to remain in New York. The final year of the deal includes a player option, and it comes after 26-year-old averaged a career-high 24.1 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 6.0 assists last season. Randle also played nearly 38 minutes in each of his 71 games, all in the starting lineup, so managers would be justified to take him somewhere in the second or third rounds in upcoming fantasy drafts.
New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson had his $1.8 million player option exercised by the team. Robinson, who was selected with the No. 36 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, averaged 8.3 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks last season. However, foot and wrist issues limited him to only 31 games. While the 23-year-old isn't the most productive scorer on the planet, his prowess on the glass and defensive end have more than made up for it over the years. However, he will need to remain on the court, so fantasy managers need to keep his health history in mind during upcoming drafts for the 2021-22 campaign.