Kuzminskas signed a contract with AX Armani Olimpia Milan of the EuroLeague, the Gazzetta dello Sports reports.
After being let go by the Knicks in mid-November, Kuzminskas has been shopping himself all over the NBA, but couldn't find a suitor willing to give him a shot. Instead, he'll head back overseas and play in the EuroLeague, which isn't a new concept for him. It's unclear if that deal includes an NBA buyout clause, though either way, it appears Kuzminskas is set to remain overseas for the foreseeable future. Kuzminskas averaged 6.3 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.0 assist across 14.8 minutes in 68 games last year with the Knicks.
Kuzminskas was waived by the Knicks on Sunday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
The Knicks have been attempting to trade Kuzminskas over the last few weeks after he fell out of the team's regular rotation, but will now simply release him in order to open a roster spot for Joakim Noah (suspension). Kuzminskas should field interest from other NBA teams, though if he can't find a suitor, it wouldn't be surprising if he ultimately signed a contract overseas.
Kuzminskas will be active for Wednesday's game against the Magic, Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reports.
The Knicks have an extra active spot Wednesday with Kristaps Porzingis (elbow/ankle) sidelined, so Kuzminskas will be an option off the bench for the first time this season. The second-year big man was a consistent member of the rotation last season, but he's been an afterthought thus far and is believed to be available, should another team be interested in acquiring him, per Ian Begley of ESPN.com.
The 28-year-old Kuzminskas turned in a decent rookie season in 2016-17, averaging 6.3 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 0.8 three-pointers in 14.9 minutes per game while making 68 appearances. That production was seemingly thought to put him in contention for an elevated role this season, but the offseason pickups of veteran wings Tim Hardaway and Doug McDermott and rookie Damyean Dotson haven't left any room in the rotation for the Lithuanian. The Knicks will get center Joakim Noah back from a 20-game suspension next week and will need to open up a roster spot for him, so moving Kuzminskas elsewhere in exchange for a future asset would be helpful toward achieving that goal. It would also brighten Kuzminskas' fantasy outlook, as his path to minutes can't get any narrower from here.
Kuzminskas will be inactive for Thursday's regular-season opener against the Thunder, Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reports.
Kuzminskas doesn't appear to be dealing with any sort of injury, so it appears he's simply sitting outside the team's regular rotation currently. After averaging 14.9 minutes per game a season ago, this is a bit surprising, though it also means he'll be off the fantasy radar until he's able to pick up a bigger role.
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