The Knicks aren’t just adding over-the-hill veterans.
New York is also signing a couple intriguing rookies in Marshall Plumlee and Maurice Ndour.
Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders:
Power forward Maurice Ndour, last year’s summer-league sensation, is coming to Knicks training camp on a guaranteed contract, according to an NBA source.
It’s a two-year deal, though only the first year is guaranteed, according to a source.
Marshall becomes the third Plumlee in the NBA, joining Mason Plumlee (Trail Blazers) and Miles Plumlee (Bucks restricted free agent). Like his brothers, Marshall is tall and athletic. Like Miles, Marshall didn’t play that well at Duke. Marshall’s lack of refined skill and age (24) caused him to go undrafted, but both his brothers outplayed their draft position. Maybe he’ll follow the same path.
Ndour impressed on New York’s summer-league team last year, went to Mavericks training camp with a fully guaranteed salary, got hurt then got waived. He can make a difference inside with his length and energy, but that experience shows a regular-season roster spot isn’t guaranteed.
The guaranteed salaries must be nice for Marshall and Ndour, but they’re a drop in the bucket to the Knicks — especially with the humungous salary cap. This gets these players to training camp, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re competing with each other to stick.