Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Knicks to convert Allonzo Trier to standard NBA contract this week
By ADAM ZAGORIA
The Knicks this week are expected to convert Allonzo Trier’s Two-Way Contract to a standard NBA contract, a source told ZAGSBLOG.
After going undrafted, the 6-foot-5 Arizona product is averaging 11.3 points and 3.1 rebounds for the Knicks (8-20). He has scored more than 20 points four times, including a season-high 25 with 8 rebounds and 4 assists against New Orleans on Nov. 23.
“We’ve had some talks about it and it’s something that I’m sure we’ll figure out soon,” Trier told me of his contract situation in October for this Arizona Daily Star feature. “That’s all I can really say. It’s kind of between management and me and my agent and stuff like that.”
Trier was in a unique position because, per his two-way contract, he can only spend a maximum of 45 days with the Knicks, while the remainder would be spent with their G League club, the Westchester Knicks. But he has clearly proven he doesn’t belong in the G League.
The Knicks could cut Ron Baker or Luke Kornet to make room for Trier on the 15-man roster, the New York post reported.
“They’ve done a great job of making me feel like I’m welcome here,” Trier told me. “They treat me like I’m one of their picks. They say they’re very excited about the future and having me right now.
“They’re looking forward to changing this culture and turning this into something really special.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.