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Knicks signing Skal Labissiere and James Young to G League contracts

(Alonzo Adams | USA Today Sports)

(Alonzo Adams | USA Today Sports)

You can’t make this stuff up.

The New York Knicks have signed Skal Labissiere and James Young to training camp contracts, with both players expected to play with the team’s G League affiliate in Westchester this year.

Marc Stein of the New York Times first reported the news.

Both players will reportedly sign Exhibit 10 deals, which are one-year contracts worth the minimum salary with zero compensation protection, but can include an optional bonus ranging from $5,000 to $50,000. These contracts can only be converted to a two-way deal before the regular season begins, though a two-way deal can later be converted into a standard NBA contract. Teams can carry up to six Exhibit 10 deals at a time.

With the new additions, New York now has seven former Kentucky players in training camp, along with Kenny Payne’s presence on the coaching staff.

Here is the running list of former Wildcats participating in training camp for the Knicks:

  • Julius Randle
  • Immanuel Quickley
  • Kevin Knox
  • Nerlens Noel
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
  • Skal Labissiere
  • James Young
  • Kenny Payne

Is that not the most absurd list you’ve ever seen in your life? One NBA team carrying seven Kentucky players on a training camp roster with another former Wildcat coaching them? Nuts.

The New York Knicks are now the Kentucky Knicks. It’s official.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

7 Comments for Knicks signing Skal Labissiere and James Young to G League contracts



  1. catfanjd
    8:29 pm December 7, 2020 Permalink

    Proof we have become an NBA farm team



  2. clarks
    8:37 pm December 7, 2020 Permalink

    So we sent Kenny to New York to start a uk pro team or what. I love it because Kenny knows the guys well and mostly how they need used



  3. Blue Mass
    8:59 pm December 7, 2020 Permalink

    Is it wrong to wonder if this all may be laying the groundwork for Calipari to make his way to the Knicks, ultimately.

    Based on a lot of the talk on this, and other sites, including the writers (which is interesting) I wonder if anyone would even mind if he does go.



    • nocode96
      10:56 pm December 7, 2020 Permalink

      Everyone would mind. Love him or hate him, we can’t and won’t get a better coach. People think Steve Kerr or somebody is going to drop what they do to take a UK job, not happening. Cal leaves and we are right back to the Gillespie era. So many people need to be careful of what they wish for.



  4. ukkatzfan
    9:03 pm December 7, 2020 Permalink

    I like NY Kentucks better for a name



  5. Silly Buh Jilly Willy Filly
    5:34 am December 8, 2020 Permalink

    The New Yor-KENTUCKY Wildcat-Knicks.



  6. Looother
    4:53 pm December 9, 2020 Permalink

    My sources say that James Young has been the single, most overrated 1 and done prospect to ever come out of Ky…