Knicks Waive Forward Ivan Rabb, Will Sign Kenny Wooten to a Two-Way Deal

Kenny Wooten (14) with Oregon trying to dunk over Matt Pile(40), Omaha in NCAA Basketball Omaha vs Oregon. Photo by Larry C Lawson/CSM/Shutterstock

New York Knicks decided to do a bit of frontcourt shuffling on Monday, waiving forward Ivan Rabb and signing Kenny Wooten to a two-way contract instead.

Rabb joined the Knicks in the offseason but failed to make a single appearance for the first team. Wooten, on the other hand, has been great for New York’s G League affiliate Westchester Knicks, averaging 7.7 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game while having impressive 3.4 blocks per game.

Knicks’ decision to move on from Ivan Rabb was expected, especially since the team has plenty of frontcourt depth. Rabb showed promise last season when he made 49 appearances with Memphis Grizzlies and averaged 5.8 points and 4.2 rebounds. In 2019/20, however, he didn’t manage to crack Knicks’ rotation, spending majority of the time with Westchester, where he averaged 13.3 points in 18 games.

Kenny Wooten, on the other hand, showed significant growth since the Knicks signed him as an undrafted free agent in the summer. He has been very efficient from the field while being a nightmare for opponents on the defensive side of the ball.

This all made Wooten a target for other NBA teams, including Golden State Warriors, who reportedly explored the possibility of bringing him in on a 10-day contract. In order to avoid the risk of losing the 21-year-old, Knicks decided to react quickly and get him under contract.