The New York Knicks were quiet on the first day of free agency, but Phil Jackson and Co. got on the board early on the second day by agreeing to a new deal with Arron Afflalo:
Arron Afflalo will sign a two year deal with the Knicks. His option on the second year. $16 million total.
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 2, 2015
The Knicks had been linked to Afflalo before free agency started, but there were rumors he was seeking a three-year deal worth around $36 million. Two years at $16 million with an option is much more palatable and benefits both sides.
Afflalo really struggled last season, but he’ll have a good chance to showcase his skills on a rebuilding Knicks squad. If he has a good season, he can opt out and take advantage of the rising cap in 2016. New York gets the swingman on a good value deal for a “prove-it” season and will get the first crack at bringing him back if he opts out.
All in all, it’s not the big splash Knicks fans were hoping for, but it’s a value contract in a time where money is getting thrown around like crazy. New York still has a good amount of cap space, so we’ll see what’s in store for them next.