ORLANDO – In a move that underscored the changing-of-the-guard, the Knicks waived forward Maurice Ndour on Friday just before his contract became fully guaranteed, a source confirmed.
Ndour was a favorite of Phil Jackson’s lieutenants Kurt Rambis — who often worked out Ndour personally — and basketball Clarence Gaines – who pushed hard for Ndour’s inclusion on the roster over Chasson Randle less than a year ago.
Both Gaines and Rambis remain employed by the Knicks, but Ndour was waived with the deadline approaching on guaranteeing his $1.3 million contract. Because of cap holds, the Knicks cleared less than $1 million in space for free agency by waiving Ndour.
“Mo’s done some good things for us,” Jeff Hornacek said before the decision at Summer League practice. “He’s here. We know what he does. It’s tough decisions that management has to make.”
Ndour, a 24-year-old from Senegal, only played 32 games last season for the Knicks but made the most impactful play of the season by nailing the game-winner in the campaign finale.
The Knicks beat the deadline before Maurice Ndour was due to have his contract guaranteed.
As a result of the shot, the Knicks dropped a spot in the draft lottery and picked eighth.
Ndour will not continue with the Knicks in Summer League, according to a source, and is now officially a free agent.
The Knicks still only have eight players under contract but most of their cap space is locked into Carmelo Anthony, Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee.
Source: Ny Daily News