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Knicks sign Tony Wroten for next season’s backcourt

The Philadelphia 76ers' Tony Wroten, center, goes up

The Philadelphia 76ers' Tony Wroten, center, goes up to shoot between New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis, right, and Jose Calderon during the first half of a game, Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, in Philadelphia. Credit: AP / Matt Slocum

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Knicks signed guard Tony Wroten Wednesday, but he’s not expected to practice or play with the Knicks this season.

Wroten, who signed a two-year deal, is recovering from a partially torn ACL. Team president Phil Jackson said last week that Wroten would play for the Knicks’ summer league team so they can get a look at him, and see how he fits and whether he can help their backcourt situation.

“It’s my understanding he will not be joining the team at all this year,” interim coach Kurt Rambis said. “We have an opportunity to work with him over the summer and see what he can bring in summer league and retain his rights so he’s somebody we could possibly look at in the future.”

Asked why the Knicks didn’t sign someone who can help them now, Rambis said it was a management decision. Plus he said the Knicks have other players they want to look at and see how they develop. Rookie Jerian Grant is one of them.

The 6-6 Wroten has averaged 11.1 points and 3.0 assists in 145 games with the Grizzlies and 76ers. His contract is only partially guaranteed for next season.

Porzingis returns

Kristaps Porzingis was back in the lineup Wednesday night after missing Sunday’s game with a stomach illness. He was still bothered by it a little Tuesday and was held out of part of practice, but he said he felt much better.

“I’m feeling pretty good,” Porzingis said. “I don’t know if my body’s 100 percent recovered from all that I went through, but I’m feeling good.”

After Tuesday’s practice, Porzingis felt strong enough to make a long shot from the tunnel leading to the locker room on his first try. It’s what Warriors guard Stephen Curry does each home game. Rookie Jerian Grant was trying to make the shot when Porzingis said he could do it.

“I was like, ‘Give me a one try,’” Porzingis said. “Made with the first one and just walked away.”

Kurt a candidate?

Rambis reportedly is a candidate to coach at his alma mater Santa Clara, but he said no one from the school has reached out to him. “I’m focused on this team,” Rambis said. “Nobody has contacted me.”

Jackson would like to see Rambis move the Knicks forward for the remainder of the season so he can remove the interim tag from his title.


Rambis started Sasha Vujacic and brought Arron Afflalo off the bench for the second consecutive time . . . Lance Thomas (sore left knee) missed his fifth straight game . . . Finals MVP Andre Iguodala didn’t play for the Warriors because of a sprained left ankle.

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