That’s two more bodies to sign and put in a future trade for cap math – one team has to return something and the Knicks would rather pitch a European player than cash. The Knicks agreed to deal with Rivers on Sunday, giving him a single year guarantee. This is a $ 10 million package over 3 years, the last two years are not guaranteed.
Including two-way player Jared Harper, the Knicks bring seven pointed guards to camp.
Five will fight for the starting position – Rivers, Elfrid Payton, Frank Ntilikina, Dennis Smith Jr. and first-round pick Immanuel Quickley.
There has only been one other “official” father-son Knicks tandem. Ernie Vandeweghe and Kiki Vandeweghe were the first. Patrick Ewing and Patrick Ewing Jr. and Ernie and Dan Grunfield also wore the jersey, but their sons never played a regular season game – right before the season. As a result, Patrick Jr. and Dan are not on the official all-time roster.
The 6-foot-4 Rivers is an old 2012 lottery pick, but it’s become something of a companion. Last season, Rivers averaged 8.8 points (42.1% FG and 35.6% 3FG), 2.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 23.4 minutes in 68 games. His father now trains nearby – the Sixers.
Thibodeau was on the staff of Doc Rivers in Boston and always admired his son’s basketball IQ. Doc Rivers played more than two seasons for the Knicks – from 1992 to 1994.