Noah Vonleh likely won’t be back with the Knicks next season
One of the best stories of the current season for New York Knicks has been power forward Noah Vonleh, who’s currently on a one-year deal.
Vonleh has come in this season and proven that he’s not a bust despite the fact that he was taken with the ninth overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Charlotte Hornets.
Vonleh’s stats aren’t off the charts, as he’s averaged 8.7 points and 8.6 rebounds per game this season, which are career highs. But he’s been a defensive nightmare for opposing teams.
One thing is for sure and that is that it sounds like Vonleh is enjoying the fact that he’s allowed to make mistakes while a part of a young Knicks team.
“They’re just letting me play. Play through my mistakes, play free,” Vonleh said. “Use my versatility as a strength. That’s basically what it was.”
As good as Vonleh has been for the Knicks, it doesn’t make sense for them to re-sign him with Kristaps Porzingis coming back from injury, as well as the fact that Vonleh can help a playoff contender a lot more than he can help New York.
Vonleh could come off the bench and help a team like the Los Angeles Lakers who could use a defensive player of his caliber against the likes of the Golden State Warriors.
On the Knicks, Vonleh’s talent can only help them so much due to the fact that they’re a young team that’s no even close to contending for a playoff spot.
If the Knicks are smart, they figure a way out to unload Vonleh before the trade deadline and get a second round pick for him.
It will be interesting to see how Vonleh’s performs once he leaves the Knicks and tries to fit in with another coaches system.
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