According to SNY's Ian Begley, Burlington, Ontario product Simi Shittu will sign a two-way deal with the New York Knicks.
Update: Simi Shittu's deal with the Knicks may change to a 2-way contract rather than a 10-day pact, per sources. Either way, Shittu's contract is expected to be finalized soon. https://t.co/s6NIHFofHt- Ian Begley (@IanBegley) April 24, 2021
As stated by Begley, the Knicks are in the process of filling out their roster and they believe Shittu, a 6-foot-10 power forward, could add some potential frontcourt depth.
Shittu had a strong performance in the G League bubble for the Westchester Knicks this past season, averaging a double-double of 14.5 points and 10.5 rebounds to go with 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.8 blocks per game.
He posted a couple very impressive stat lines during the bubble, including a game of 26 points, eight rebounds and three blocks while shooting 13-for-14 from the field against the Austin Spurs. He also had a game where he put up 21 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks against the Greensboro Swarm.
.@LanX_Sims catching fire 🔥- Westchester Knicks (@wcknicks) February 21, 2021
26 PTS (game-high)
3 BLKS#WatchUsRise pic.twitter.com/DPQ9IS4B7e
Shittu went undrafted in 2019 after averaging 10.9 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in his lone season at Vanderbilt. At 21 years old, this is a great opportunity for the Canadian big man to learn under head coach Tom Thibodeau and veterans like Julius Randle, Taj Gibson and Nerlens Noel.
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