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Knicks waive Allonzo Trier a day after releasing Kadeem Allen

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The New York Knicks’ new front office is purging itself of all things Arizona Wildcats, it seems. A day after cutting Kadeem Allen, the club waived his former UA teammate Allonzo Trier, according to SNY’s Ian Begley:

Trier was in the final year of a two-year, $7 million contract. The 24-year-old swingman was averaging 6.5 points in 12.1 minutes before the coronavirus crisis postponed the 2019-20 season, shooting 48 percent from the field, 36 percent from 3 and 79 percent from the charity stripe.

Trier only appeared in 24 games, missing time with a nagging hamstring injury.

That pales in comparison to what he did as an undrafted rookie in 2018-19 when he averaged 10.9 points across 66 games with an impressive shooting line of .448/.394/.803. Of course, the key to Trier’s longevity in the NBA will hinge on his ability to impact the game when he is not scoring. In 2019-20, he had the worst defensive rating among Knicks rotation players.

The good news is Trier being waived means he might be able to join a contender when the NBA season resumes in Orlando next month, though some are saying he will be ineligible for the postseason since he was waived after March 1 (the same would be true for Allen as well).

Due to their record, the Knicks (21-45) are one of eight teams not heading to Disney World to conclude the season.