Knicks eye Spanish league guard Luca Vildoza for final roster spot

According to multiple Spanish media reports across the past week, the Knicks have considered signing Baskonia shooting guard Luca Vildoza, a 25-year-old from Argentina.

The Knicks still have a two-way roster spot open and will have a remaining opening on their 15-man roster once Jared Harper’s 10-day pact expires Monday.

According to multiple Spanish media reports across the past week and confirmed by The Post, the Knicks have considered signing Baskonia guard Luca Vildoza, a 25-year-old from Argentina. An NBA source said the Knicks are looking at a couple of other players, as well.

Vildoza is averaging 10.1 points in the Spanish league for Baskonia, shooting 37.6 percent from 3-point range. Eurohoops reported Wednesday that Vildoza was nearly done negotiating a buyout with his Spanish team.

Vildoza can play either guard position and succeeded Facundo Campazzo, who plays for the Nuggets now.

The Knicks are one of the few teams with a full-time European scout living abroad in Kevin Wilson, who resides in Barcelona.

The Knicks announced on Wednesday that swingman Alec Burks is out of of COVID-19 protocols after missing the last six games.

Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau recently said it could take Burks a little bit to get back into playing shape when he’s released from quarantine. Instead of using either Kevin Knox or Frank Ntilikina, Thibodeau has reduced his rotation to nine men the past two games.

Luca Vildoza playing for Baskonia on Jan. 3, 2021
Euroleague Basketball via Getty

The Knicks had looked into signing point guard Mike James after he got suspended in Moscow for an altercation with his coach, but decided against it because they were concerned about the locker room. The Nets inked James instead.

The Knicks converted Harper’s deal and put him on the 15-man roster with a 10-day deal to give him more compensation after being a G League two-way player.

The Knicks were ready to sign Westchester Knicks power forward Simisola Shittu to Harper’s two-way slot but never went through with the deal, even after waiving Myles Powell.

Powell, the Seton Hall star who played briefly for Milwaukee, was signed for two days to the two-way slot to curry favor for training camp next fall. They still consider Powell an NBA prospect.

This story originally appeared on: NyPost - Author:Marc Berman

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