The Knicks’ Kentucky contingent grew by a Saturday night.
Nerlens Noel accepted a $ 5 million one-year deal to join the Knicks, ESPN reported, giving depth in the center behind Mitchell Robinson.
6-foot-10 Noel, the overall pick No. 6 of the 76ers in 2013, spent last season with the Thunder, averaging 7.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. Fight, while offering a defensive presence.
The 26-year-old developed in Kentucky under former Wildcats assistant and new Knicks assistant coach Kenny Payne. Noel becomes the fourth Kentucky product on the Knicks list, joining Julius Randle, Kevin Knox and newly drafted point guard Immanuel Quickley.
Earlier, the Knicks brought Elfrid Payton back and accepted a one-year deal of $ 5 million to fill the team̵