July 2nd 2015: The New York Knicks agree to sign Arron Afflalo to a 2 year $16 million contract
The Knicks agreed to sign Arron Afflalo to a 2 year $16 million contract. Afflalo reunited with Carmelo Anthony, whom he played with for 1.5 seasons in Denver. Afflalo spent the previous season with the Nuggets & Trailblazers.
Afflalo started the season on a slow note with a hamstring injury that sidelined him for the first 8 games of the season. He slotted into the starting SG position and had an overall decent season. For some bizarre reason, interim head coach Kurt Rambis decided to bench Afflalo in March to supposedly “provide offensive firepower” off the bench. With the Knicks’ season already on a downward spiral, the benching didn’t help.
After the season, Afflalo declined his $8 million player option. He made a smart gamble because he received a 2 year $25 million contract from the Sacramento Kings. The Kings waived him in the following offseason and he played a season with the Orlando Magic. He didn’t play in the NBA in the previous season.
January 18th 2016: The New York Knicks defeat the Philadelphia 76ers in a double overtime Martin Luther King Day thriller
The New York Knicks perhaps didn’t expect a MLK Day matinee against the five win Philadelphia 76ers to extend into double overtime. The Knicks held a 18 point lead in the 3rd quarter. However, the Philadelphia 76ers clawed back into the game, led by Ish Smith, Robert Covington & Nerlens Noel to tie the game and took a 96-93 lead with 3.4 seconds left in the 4th quarter.
Carmelo Anthony came to the rescue by connecting on a three pointer to tie the game. The game went into double overtime, but the Knicks, led by Langston Galloway and Robin Lopez, took charge in the period to get the 119-113 victory.
Melo played more than 49 minutes on a sore ankle, but had a respectable statline of 19 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists. He struggled from the field (7-28), but had the pivotal three before the end of regulation. Arron Afflalo led the Knicks with 25 points. Kristaps Porzingis had a double double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, but left the game in the 4th quarter with a right foot injury.
The win brought the Knicks to a 19-11 record on MLK Day.