The New York Knicks are reportedly shopping Mindaugas Kuzminskas to create a roster spot for the returning Joakim Noah.
Mindaugas Kuzminskas is yet to play in a regular season game this season and firmly out of Jeff Hornacek’s rotation. With the New York Knicks needing to open up a roster spot for Joakim Noah‘s return from suspension Kuzminskas is an obvious candidate to go.
According to Ian Begley of ESPN New York, the Knicks have contacted teams to gauge interest in the 28-year-old. Per Begley, the interest level is “unclear.” The option of a trade is preferable to the Knicks before releasing someone and eating the contract.
This report comes on the heels of Kuz admitting he’s saddened by his lack of playing time. In the middle of his prime and coming off an impressive showing this summer at the EuroBasket tournament, he naturally expected the season would go differently.
Kuzminskas is a restricted free agent at the end of the season so it shouldn’t be difficult to move him. It will be easier to move him than reserve point guard Ramon Sessions, the other player on the block.
Sessions — who began the season as the starter — has played six minutes of garbage time in the last six games. This coincides with when Jarrett Jack was made the starting point guard, and the Knicks began their 5-1 stretch.
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Jack in on a non-guaranteed contract. When the season began, it was understood that he was the one to go. He isn’t going anywhere now. It’s either Sessions or Kuz — with the latter looking like the most likely option.