The Knicks will sign guard Kadeem Allen to fill their second two-way roster spot, according to Shams Charania.
Allen is most known for his defense: he was named to the Pac-12 All Defensive Team in college and made the All-NBA G-League Defensive team last season. The 26-year-old1 plays a physical defense, and you guessed it, has a long 6’9” wingspan. He was a second round pick of the Celtics in 2017, out of Arizona, playing in only 18 games for Boston, mainly playing for their G-League affiliate in Maine where he had a successful season.
Allen signed a training camp deal with the Knicks last July before being waived at the start of the season.
NBA teams are allowed to carry up to two players on two-way contracts at a time. The Knicks already have Isaiah Hicks signed to a two-way. Allen’s former Arizona teammate, Allonzo Trier, was signed to an NBA deal in December, which opened up a spot for Allen to sign with the Knicks.
Players on two-way contracts split their time between the G-League and the NBA. The two-way status allows the player to spend up to 45 days (plus additional days for travel and non-practice days) with the NBA club. G-League players cannot play with their NBA affiliate unless they have a contract to do so.
Allen’s salary will not count against the Knicks salary cap, but he will earn the rookie minimum salary pro-rated per day he spends in the NBA, while earning a two-way pay rate for the time he remains in Westchester.
Two-way contracts that are signed during the season are pro-rated downward in terms of NBA service time. Since Allen will be signed right at the deadline (January 15 is the final date in which two-way contracts can be signed), he will receive approximately 22 days of NBA service time depending on how many days he travels and actually practices with the team during that time.
Allen is averaging 13.7 points on 46.8 percent shooting, while dishing out 5.7 assists and swiping 1.6 steals per game for Westchester this season.