Hey, we need a break from this LeBronathon....
The roster for the Knicks entry into the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas was released last week. Veterans Toney Douglas and Bill Walker are both in the group, along with second round picks Andy Rautins and Landry Fields. Also part of the squad are two familiar faces, Marcus Landry and Patrick Ewing Jr.
The Knicks have a third second round pick, center Jerome Jordan, whose rights they purchased from the Bucks on draft night, who is expected to be on the summer league team by the time the games begin this weekend. The Knicks' first game is Sunday against the Nuggets at 1 p.m. (PT). MSG Network will broadcast all games as usual.
There were some stipulations with the pick, however, that had to be worked out. The Bucks received the pick (No. 44) from the Warriors as part of the Corey Maggette trade. But the trade couldn't be officially completed until Maggette passed a physical, which he did on June 29. So the pick went to Milwaukee. But the purchase of the pick wasn't completed by June 30th, so the NBA moratorium on signings and trades set in at 12:01 a.m. on July 1, which kept the Knicks' deal for him from being officially completed. The moratorium ends at 12:01 a.m. on July 8th. The Knicks hold their first summer league practice Friday in Las Vegas and Jordan is expected to be there.
But one player who won't is Chris Hunter, who was in training camp last fall and finished out the season with the Golden State Warriors. Hunter was originally on the roster but changed his mind and decided not to come.
It remains unclear if Donnie Walsh and Mike D'Antoni will both be in Vegas as usual. With so much work to be done via free agency and trades, Walsh may stay back in New York.