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.
The Knicks are targeting the late-in-training camp signings of the former Kings first-rounder Labissiere and the former Celtics first-round pick James Young, league sources say, with both players expected to land with Westchester in the @nbagleague
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) December 8, 2020
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.