Knicks Rumors: Tony Snell may be in Leon Rose’s sights

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Tony Snell is in the third year of a four-year $ 46 million contract, with a player option worth $ 12.1 million. Due to COVID-19, Snell can easily choose his option and could easily turn into an interesting commercial chip for a team looking to free their wages after 2021.

The Detroit slippers are in no hurry that Snell’s contract is coming out of the books because the team is not yet in the process of contending the playoffs, and they have enough space on the cap in the free agency. However, Snell’s agent is Austin Brown and Leon Rose could flex his CAA relationship to convince Snell to decline his player option in exchange for a larger 1 + 1 contract with New York. This isn’t necessarily a likely option, but it’s worth the slight consideration.

Snell, in fact, has started 57 games out of 59 this season. His best NBA moment so far came last season when he reached this spotless milestone: a perfect night of shooting against the New York Knicks. Snell became the ninth player in NBA history – and the first Detroit Piston – to have a perfect shooting night by making at least 6 three pointers (24 points out of 9-9 from the field, 6-6 out of three).

Snell averaged 8 points / game in 27.8 minutes / game and fired 40% from three (1.7 three / game). His business card hit three with almost 40% clips, along with solid defense. At 6’7 with a wingspan of 7’0, she is more than capable of holding her on the defensive front.

In addition to connecting with the CAA, Snell also played with coach candidates Tom Thibodeau and Jason Kidd, playing with the Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks respectively. As a player familiar with the game with both coaches, Snell could provide the necessary floor spacing that both former Pistons Wayne Ellington and Reggie Bullock could not have in New York. The key is to get Snell to decline the player option.