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Luke Kornet, Knicks Agree on Two-Way Contract

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJuly 3, 2017

Vanderbilt forward Luke Kornet (3) drives against Florida forward Keith Stone in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, March 4, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. Kornet led Vanderbilt with 24 points as Vanderbilt upset Florida 73-71. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Mark Humphrey/Associated Press

The New York Knicks and forward-center Luke Kornet agreed to a two-way contract Monday that will allow him to play for the franchise's NBA and G League affiliates. 

Kornet, 21, went undrafted last month out of Vanderbilt. He averaged 13.2 points and 6.2 rebounds during his senior season with the Commodores.

The two-way contract, a new wrinkle in the NBA's collective bargaining agreement, allows teams to have two additional players on their 15-man roster. Two-way deals allow those players to spend up to 45 days with the NBA club during the G League season.

Kornet was a first-team All-SEC selection last season and a two-time All-Defensive team member in the conference. His 150 career threes at Vanderbilt set an NCAA record for threes by a 7-footer, and he's the school's all-time leader in blocks.

ESPN's Chad Ford ranked Kornet as the No. 71 player in the 2017 draft class. He was considered a potential late second-round selection.

Signing him to a two-way contract should allow the Knicks to develop Kornet into the G League, and he could wind up being a valuable stretch big who protects the rim at an above-average rate. 

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