Report: Knicks reach two-year, $16 million deal with Arron Afflalo


He may not be the rockstar name some Knicks fans (and for that matter, Phil Jackson) had hoped to sign early in free agency, but the Knicks just picked up a rock solid NBA veteran.

The Knicks have come to terms on a two-and-one deal with swingman Arron Afflalo, reports Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.

Afflalo, and eight-year NBA veteran, had shown a lot more offensive game for a rebuilding Orlando team, where he averaged 18 points a game in 2014. His defense is solid, although maybe not as good as his reputation. Last season he started the season in Denver then was traded to Portland in what seemed a smart mid-season acquisition — Afflalo was to backup Wesley Matthews and provide depth on a team that needed it. Then Matthews tore his Achilles and Afflalo was forced to start, where he never found a real comfort level but did shoot 40 percent from three.

This is a good deal for both sides. The Knicks get a guy who can play, someone who can step in now and be a talent upgrade on the roster. Afflalo will get his chance to show what he can do — then he can opt out if he wants and tap into that television money pool.