The chief reason swingman Thanasis Antetokounmpo of Greece decided to pass on a lucrative contract in Italy to play for $25,000 in the D-League for the Westchester Knicks was for this potential moment.
In convincing Antetokounmpo to stay in Westchester and not sign in Europe for a two-year, $500,000 pact, president Phil Jackson told the 2014 second-round pick there would be an outside chance of him being signed to the Knicks roster late in the season.
With the Knicks in the tank at a league-worst 10-43 with 29 meaningless games left and a roster spot officially open after Monday’s waiving of Amar’e Stoudemire, that golden opportunity has arose.
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