The New York Knicks have reportedly added another playmaker to the fold.
According to a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Knicks have agreed in principle to a contract with Luca Vildoza, an Argentine guard who has spent his last four seasons with Spanish League club Baskonia.
Luca Vildoza, one of the top playmaking guards in Europe, has agreed-in-principle to a four-year, $13.6M deal with the New York Knicks, his agent Alex Saratsis of Octagon Sports told ESPN. Story: https://t.co/CIZjnKElKm- Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 5, 2021
Vildoza, 25, measures at 6-foot-3 and, according to Wojnarowski, is considered to be one of Europe's premier playmakers. In 32 EuroLeague games (18 starts), Vildoza posted averages of 10.3 points, 3.5 assists and 1.6 steals per contest.
In signing Vildoza prior to the end of the 2020-21 NBA season, he will be eligible for the 2021 NBA Playoffs and will not be a member of the NBA's free agent class in 2021.
Per Wojnarowski, the next three seasons of Vildoza's deal are non-guaranteed, meaning the Knicks can evaluate him for the end of this season and the summer before making a long-term decision. Vildoza is expected to be a member of Argentina's Senior Men's National Team at the Tokyo Olympics.
As it stands, New York's roster features five point guards in Elfrid Payton, Derrick Rose, Immanuel Quickley, Frank Ntilikina and Jared Harper. While Payton, Rose and Quickley's roles are essentially set, Vildoza could find time as the regular season winds down.
The Knicks, who are set to return to the postseason for the first time since the 2012-13 season, are now gearing up to make a run in the postseason as a top-four seed is within their grasp.
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