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As training camp nears (< 3 weeks away!), a look at how the #Knicks roster and payroll, has filled out. More:
The training camp roster now stands at 16, one above the maximum for the regular season. But that includes Jeremy Tyler, who is expected to be out through the start of the regular season with a foot fracture.
It also includes two most recently signed players, Tour`e Murry and Chris Smith, who have non-guaranteed deals that are essentially training camp invites. For now.
Tyler is in a similar situation, though his $884K salary for this season is partially guaranteed for $100,000. He signed a two-year deal, but the second year ($948K) is completely non-guaranteed.
Will the Knicks look to add one more big body in the meantime? Earl Barron, who has this inexplicable ability to post double-doubles only when he's in a Knicks jersey, is still available.
Another roster hopeful that isn't fully guaranteed is undrafted rookie C.J. Leslie. He signed a two-year deal, but only $200,000 of his $490,180 first-year salary is guaranteed. The second year ($816,482) is non-guaranteed.
While we're discussing cap hits and contracts, lets do a little bookkeeping here. The numbers are courtesy of Mark Deeks at ShamSports.com:
* - Pablo Prigioni re-signed for part of the Taxpayer's MLE. He signed a three-year deal worth $4,988,883. The third year (he will be 38) is for $1,734,572, but is only partially guaranteed ($290K) for now. Prigioni has team incentives built into the contract that guarantees $440K) of the money if the Knicks reach the second round of the playoffs -- and he plays in at least two games in the first round -- at least once in the first two years of the deal. If the Knicks reach the second round in both seasons, then $590K is guaranteed in Year 3.
* - Beno Udrih and Kenyon Martin are major bargains for the Knicks, thanks to CBA rules. KMart will make $1,399,507 this season but the Knicks are only on the hook for $884,293 (and that's the actual cap hit, too, which maters when you consider luxury tax). It should be noted here that KMart (now eligible for Early Birds) has veto rights to any trade. Udrih will make $1,272,279 but the Knicks are only responsible for $884,293 as well. Udrih has a 15% trade kicker built into the deal.
Who pays the remaining amount of these contracts? The NBA.