The New York Knicks made a qualifying offer to Langston Galloway, making him a restricted free agent. They can match any offer he receives.

The New York Knicks stated it was their intention to retain guard Langston Galloway. Today they took their first step towards that goal by extending Galloway a qualifying offer, making him a restricted free agent.

Ian Begley of ESPN New York reported the move.

Galloway slowed down last season after his red hot shooting start, but the former D-league star has endeared himself to Knicks’ fans during his tenure with the tenure.

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Galloway excels in the fastbreak, so he should fit in well as a combo guard in Jeff Hornacek’s offense.

With the addition of Derrick Rose and another wing player hopefully on the way in free agency, Galloway is a good option as a third guard.

In two seasons with the Knicks, Galloway has averaged 9.1 points, 2.8 assists, and 1.0 steals, on a slash line of .396/.348/.776.

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