In order to cap off the summer the New York Knicks were having with signing Joakim Noah, Courtney Lee, and Brandon Jennings in free agency, they needed to take back the qualifying offer for guard Langston Galloway. That opened up the door for the New Orleans Pelicans, who needed depth in the backcourt to add him to their rotation. And that's exactly what's happening, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.
The Pelicans are nearing an agreement with Galloway to bring him to the team.
The Pelicans are nearing a deal with guard Langston Galloway, league sources say. The Knicks recently made him an unrestricted free agent— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 6, 2016
Galloway was an undrafted free agent who found his way to the Knicks two years ago by playing well in the D-League. In a disastrous 2014-15 season for the Knicks, Galloway made his way onto the roster and then played his way into starting 41 of his 45 games. He averaged 11.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 3.3 assists in 32.4 minutes. In his second year, he didn't get quite as much time on the court with a deeper, better Knicks team, but he still played pretty well.
He played in all 82 games at 24.8 minutes a night. He averaged 7.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists. The only problem is his first two years saw inspired play, good defense, but bad shooting. He's been under 40 percent from the field both seasons, and is a career 34.8 percent 3-point shooter, which is just below league average. His shot is sound but he hasn't has that much success with it.
While losing Eric Gordon in free agency, Galloway is the second very solid reserve guard they've picked up this off-season. They agreed to a deal with E'Twuan Moore already, and the two of them should bolster a bench that was ravaged by injuries a year ago.