Tony Wroten to Sign with Knicks: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

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Tony Wroten to Sign with Knicks: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction
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The New York Knicks could use some additional scoring punch from the wing, and they will reportedly add some Monday in the form of former Philadelphia 76ers guard Tony Wroten.

Shams Charania of The Vertical and ESPN.com's Ian Begley reported the Knicks were finalizing an agreement with Wroten. Charania noted the deal is expected to be a three-year contract, but Bleacher Report's Howard Beck noted cap experts relayed to him that the Knicks are unable to do a three-year deal "because they're over the cap and don't have an exception to use."

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News first reported on March 1 that the Knicks met with Wroten.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports noted the 76ers released Wroten on Christmas Eve “to make room for acquired guard Ish Smith.” Dan Woike of the Orange County Register said in the immediate aftermath of that move that the Los Angeles Clippers spoke to Wroten last season before he suffered a knee injury, although their roster was full at the time.

Wroten was a first-round pick in 2012, but he struggled to replicate his impressive 2014-15 campaign through his first eight appearances for the 76ers this season. He scored 8.4 points and dished out 2.5 assists in only 18 minutes of action per night as he bounced back from a knee injury.

In addition to Smith, the 76ers also had Kendall Marshall, JaKarr Sampson, T.J. McConnell, Isaiah Canaan and Hollis Thompson playing minutes in the backcourt early in the year, which made Wroten somewhat expendable.

Despite his early struggles in 2015-16, Wroten averaged an impressive 16.9 points and 5.2 assists per night in 30 games last season as one of Philadelphia’s best scorers. He carried the team’s struggling offense early in the schedule but eventually tore his ACL and missed the second half of what looked to be a career campaign.

Wroten also played 72 games in 2013-14 and averaged 13 points per night.

At his best, Wroten can hit the occasional three-pointer (23.1 percent in his career) and attack the basket in half-court sets or in transition with impressive athleticism. As a 6’6” shooting guard who can take smaller players down low and blow by bigger defenders off the dribble, he can also be a matchup problem for opposing defenses.

He adds another offensive option for his new team as it looks toward a potential postseason run down the stretch in 2015-16.

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