The Knicks have made their first free agent move signing Aaron Affalo from the Orlando Magic.
Aaron is a shooting guard who had a rough season last year as he stepped into a starting role after Wesley Matthews was injured. Two years ago Aaron played for the Denver Nuggets and scored 18 points per game from a six man role and was in consideration for sixth man of the year. In addition, TheVueNJ reports Aaron shot 43% from three point land two years ago.
The signing by the Knicks is for two years and $16 million with a player opt out possible after the first year if Aaron were to have a bounce back season. Overall, the move appears reasonable for the Knicks who retains some of the cap flexibility needed to sign another star player to pair with Carmelo Anthony. In the meantime, Aaron will give the Knick some flexibility to show that they are on the right path to build on their worst record in their franchise’s existence.
Before the move, Carmelo seemed anxious regarding the lack of signings on day 1 of free agency. Melo indicated that he was healthy but looking for the Knicks to spend some of the free agency money they freed up after a number of moves to relieve their cap space issues in the last year.
This move for Aaron Affalo is just the start in several free agency signings, Melo and Knick fans hope.