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:
Knicks have claimed ex-Net Theo Pinson, per SNY sources. New York will waive Allonzo Trier to make room for Pinson, sources say.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) June 26, 2020
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.
Teams with a TPE large enough to grab Allonzo Trier off waivers:— Jeff Siegel (@jgsiegel) June 26, 2020
He would not be playoff-eligible this year, since he was waived after March 1.