Knicks’ search for a dealer continues.
The biggest prize of the season’s off-season position will not come to New York, as Fred VanVleet has agreed to sign a four-year, $ 85 million deal to stay with the Raptors on Saturday, according to The Athletic.
Another potential Knicks target, veteran quarterback DJ Augustine, also went out of the market on Saturday when he agreed to a three-year, $ 21 million contract with the Bucks for The Athletic.
VanVleet, the former untrained Wichita guard, cashed in on a large salary to stay in Toronto, where he won the 2019 NBA Championship. He had a career last season, averaging 17.6 points, 6.6 assists and 3, 8 fights per match.
Knicks barely chases VanVleet and does not meet him, according to a source. Knicks had information that he wanted to stay in Toronto, where he was close to his backyard teammate Kyle Lowry. A source close to VanVleet said he was not much interested in becoming a Knicks savior and preferred to stay in his place.
Augustine, who played for new Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau with the Bulls in 201
Point guard Jeff Teague, who previously also played for Thibodeau in Minnesota, remains another potential target for a free agent for the Knicks.
– Additional reporting by Mark Berman