The New York Knicks have made some strategic moves this offseason to increase their ability to sign influential players. The recruitment of Donte DiVincenzo to a four-year, $47 million deal became possible when Josh Hart accepted his $13 million player option and agreed to a new contract starting in the 2023-24 season.
According to Brian Windhorst on his Hoop Collective podcast, Hart is expected to sign a new contract this week.
Hart established a significant role off the bench, providing impressive defense and good scoring ability. The Knicks, however, recognized the need to add more three-point shooters with good hit rates.
DiVincenzo fits the bill perfectly and already shares a good relationship with both Hart and Jalin Brunson since his Villanova days. DiVincenzo averaged 9.4 points per game and 3.5 assists last season on a .397 three-point shooting percentage.
With a team boasting tremendous chemistry, and if RJ Barrett can significantly improve his game, the Knicks may not need to trade for a third star after all.