Knicks Ink Two-Way Contract with Duane Washington Jr.

‣ The New York Knicks are signing Duane Washington Jr. to a two-way contract for the third time since February 2023, despite him not having played a game with the franchise yet due to a thumb injury.
‣ The Knicks have waived center Dmytro Skapintsev to open a two-way roster spot, with Washington joining Charlie Brown Jr. and Jacob Toppin as the Knicks’ other two-way players.
‣ Washington, who went undrafted out of Ohio State in 2021, played his rookie season with the Indiana Pacers and later signed a two-way deal with the Phoenix Suns in August 2022.

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So, the New York Knicks are bringing on Duane Washington Jr., a free agent guard. Sources tell me it’s a two-way contract. You might remember, this is the third time Knicks have signed Washington to a deal like this since February 2023.

But here’s the kicker. He hasn’t played a single game with the franchise yet. In late November, they waived him after a right thumb injury. If he stays on the roster through January 7, his salary becomes guaranteed.

Now, if you’re into NBA betting, you might find this interesting. The Knicks are currently 16th-ranked odds to win this season’s championship. Sportsbooks are showing better odds for the Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat, and Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Knicks made a move on Monday. They waived center Dmytro Skapintsev to open a two-way roster spot. The other two-way players for the Knicks? Guard Charlie Brown Jr. and forward Jacob Toppin.

And here’s a bit of trivia. Since the Toronto Raptors traded OG Anunoby, Precious Achiuwa, and Malachi Flynn to the Knicks for RJ Barrett, Immanuel Quickley, and a 2024 second-round draft pick, the backcourt depth has been a bit lacking.

So, who is Duane Washington Jr.? The 23-year-old German hooper went undrafted out of Ohio State in 2021. He played his rookie 2021-22 season with the Indiana Pacers on a two-way contract.

He’s had a decent start. In his rookie season with the Pacers, Washington started seven times in 48 games. He averaged 9.9 points, 1.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 20.2 minutes per game. His shooting stats? 40.5% from the floor, 37.7% beyond the arc, and 75.4% at the foul line.

After his stint with the Pacers, Washington signed a two-way deal with the Phoenix Suns in August 2022. His stats from last season? He averaged 7.9 points, 1.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 12.7 minutes per game. His shooting was a bit off, though – 36.7% from the field, 36% from deep, and 66.7% at the line.

In a game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Dec. 27, 2022, Washington recorded a career-high 26 points. He also had four boards, eight assists, and one steal in 25 minutes off the bench.

And let’s not forget his performance this season with the Westchester Knicks. Washington averaged 27.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 6.3 assists in three Showcase Cup games. The Westchester Knicks, by the way, are New York’s G League affiliate.

James Shotwell
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