Now that the preseason is done, the New York Knicks trimmed their roster down to 14 with four cuts including Thanasis Antetokounmpo.
By Chip Murphy
New York Knicks President of Basketball Operations Phil Jackson announced today that his team had waived former second round pick Thanasis Antetokounmpo and four other non-guaranteed players: Travis Trice, DaJuan Summers, Wesley Saunders, and Darion Atkins.
Ian Begley of ESPN New York further reported on the move.
In addition to Thanasis, Knicks also waive Travis Trice, Darion Atkins, Wesley Saunders, DaJuan Summers. I'd assume all sign w/Westchester.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) October 23, 2015
Antetokounmpo’s agents said that their client would not play in the D-League again if he were cut, per Marc Berman of the NY Post. It’s a shame that this is how Antetokounmpo’s journey may end. He was never supposed to be a superstar like his brother, but there was minimal hype surrounding him. He was raw and needed time. It is looks like he will need to get that time somewhere else.
With the mass roster reduction, the Knicks stand at just 14. Either Jackson plans on entering Wednesday with one less than the league maximum, or there is more to the Jimmer Fredette rumors than we thought. Hopefully it is the former. More importantly, let’s hope that the internet doesn’t go wild with Jimmer to the Knicks rumors.
It was difficult to get a read on any of the other players who were unfortunately cut. Based on what I have read and seen in college about Travis Trice and Wes Saunders I would have liked to have seen one of them get a shot. It’s a possibly they will end up the D-League and end up on the main squad anyway.
For now the New York Knicks roster sits at 14. There’s plenty of time to speculate before their opener next Wednesday against Milwaukee.
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