Knicks Rumors: EuroLeague Star Luca Vildoza Nearing Contract Agreement with NY

Jenna CiccotelliAnalyst IIIApril 28, 2021

Argentina's Luca Vildoza gestures during a quarterfinal match against Serbia for the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Dongguan in southern China's Guangdong province on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. Argentina beats Serbia 97-87. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
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EuroLeague star Luca Vildoza could be on his way to Manhattan. 

The guard is reportedly close to a contract agreement with the New York Knicks, per Alex Madrid of Eurohoops. SNY's Ian Begley confirmed there has been communication between the sides. 

Vildoza has appeared in 31 games this season for Baskonia in Spain, averaging 10.1 points on 41 percent shooting, with 3.4 assists per game.  

The 25-year-old has played for Baskonia since 2017 and has also played for Argentina's national team. In 2019, he helped Argentina win a gold medal at the Pan American Games and a silver medal at the FIBA Basketball World Cup. 

In 2020, he was named MVP of the final after bringing Baskonia to its first Spanish ACB title in 10 years. He posted 17 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in the championship game

Basketball writer Donatas Urbonas reported April 16 that the Knicks were interested in Vildoza. 

The team has plenty of bodies at point guard, with Elfrid Payton, Derrick Rose, Immanuel Quickley and Frank Ntilikina all capable of playing alongside RJ Barrett in the backcourt. But there is an open roster spot for Vildoza since the team won't add Simi Shittu, who reportedly signed a two-way deal with the team, to the roster, per SNY. 

The Knicks are in good shape heading into the final stretch of the season, holding the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference at 34-28 with 10 games to go. New York is looking for its first playoff berth since 2012-13.