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New York Knicks sign multi-year contract with second-round pick

New York Knicks sign multi-year contract with second-round pick

New York Knicks sign multi-year contract with second-round pick

In the spirit of Independence Day, the New York Knicks were ready to let their new (Golden) Eagle fly.

According to Fred Katz of The Athletic, the Knicks have agreed to terms on a four-year, $9.06 million contract with former Marquette star Tyler Kolek. The deal includes a team option for the fourth year.

New York named Kolek the 34th overall pick in the 2024 NBA Draft last month, acquiring his services with a pick acquired from the Portland Trail Blazers.

Kolek has been labeled as one of the more intriguing second-round picks after a successful career in Milwaukee: After transferring to the Golden Eagles following a solid freshman season at George Mason, Kolek participated in an illustrious run for the program, notably serving as one of the headliners of a historic 2022-23 season.

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January 20, 2024; New York, New York, USA; Marquette Golden Eagles guard Tyler Kolek (11) drives past St. John’s Red Storm guard Sean Conway (30) in the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports / Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

During that campaign, Kolek earned All-American honors as well as the Big East Player of the Year award, which had previously been received by new teammates Jalen Brunson and Josh Hart. Kolek also won the Big East Men’s Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player award, leading the Golden Eagles to their first run to glory at Madison Square Garden. This time, Kolek led the nation in assists en route to another invitation to the All-American team.

Kolek might have to be patient when he hears his name called at the Manhattan level, but ESPN draft expert Jonathan Givony envisions him as one of the G League’s most impactful newcomers.

“With Jalen Brunson and Miles McBride entrenched in the backcourt, coach Tom Thibodeau’s tight rotations and the proximity between the Knicks’ training facility and the G League team (Westchester), I imagine Kolek (the 34th pick) will have a lot of work there next year,” Givony said. “He was college basketball’s leader in assists last season and will likely do the same in the G League as well, depending on how many assignments he gets. I think he’ll be a very good NBA player over time.”

Kolek will likely be one of the headliners of the Knicks’ upcoming Summer League, which begins in Las Vegas on July 13 against the Charlotte Hornets.

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