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Knicks Summer League roster highlighted by four draft picks, but one is missing – The Denver Post

The Knicks released their first-round pick this year, but their Summer League team still includes members from the last two draft classes.

Quentin Grimes, Miles McBride, Jericho Sims and Trevor Keels highlight the roster of 15, which will be coached by assistant Dice Yoshimoto and open in Vegas on July 8 against the Warriors.

The notable absence is Rokas Jokubaitis, the 34th overall pick in 2021 who played in last year’s Summer League but remained in Europe last season. According to a report from Basket News, Jokubaitis underwent ear surgery after his campaign with Barcelona in Spain and is expected to stay away unless he is called up by the Knicks or they trade his draft rights .

The 21-year-old Lithuanian has had his ups and downs in the Summer League in 2021 and has improved over time. He averaged just 7.8 points for Barcelona last season but managed 58%, including 57% from beyond the arc.

Grimes, McBride and Sims all made it through the Knicks rotation and are making their second Summer League appearance. Grimes broke through Tom Thibodeau’s starting lineup before suffering a dislocated knee, which only sidelined the 22-year-old for nine games. Still, he missed the last three games with knee pain.

Sims surged towards the end of last season and solidified an opportunity to become the team’s regular backup center, particularly after Nerlens Noel was traded for cap space. He operated on a two-way contract last season, which will now likely convert to a full-time contract with the NBA.

Keels, an 18-year-old Duke player, was drafted by the Knicks last week with the 42nd pick. The 6-4 guard was a five-star rookie and McDonald’s All-American out of high school, but disappointed in his only season with the Blue Devils averaging 11.5 points and shooting 42% (31.2% on 3 points).

The Knicks have done well recently with the second rounds. McBride, Sims and Mitchell Robinson, a 2018 second-round pick, have all made an impact at the NBA level.

The Knicks play five Summer League games, including against Orlando and first pick Paolo Banchero on July 14.

The rest of their roster includes Jean Montero, an intriguing 18-year-old prospect from the Dominican Republic who played for Overtime Elite last season. The Knicks have already agreed to sign Montero, a 6-2 guard, to a training camp deal.

KNOX’D OUT

Speaking of Summer League, former Vegas sensation Kevin Knox didn’t receive a qualifying offer from the Hawks and will become an unrestricted free agent.

In other words, he was released.

Knox was drafted ninth overall by the Knicks in 2018 and has shined in this summer league, prompting optimism that Steve Mills discovered a steal. He won Rookie of the Month in December, but it was a quick and steep descent afterwards.

Knox was attached to a first-round pick and traded last season to the Hawks, where he rarely played. In picking Knox, the Knicks passed Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Mikal Bridges, Miles Bridges and Michael Porter – all moved from ninth to 12th place.

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