Former Boston Celtics guard Kadeem Allen has signed with the New York Knicks, the Knicks announced Wednesday. Allen, who was on a two-way contract with the Celtics this past season, is likely on a training camp deal with New York, according to ESPN’s Ian Begley.
The Celtics drafted Allen with the No. 53-overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. He spent most of last year with the Maine Red Claws of the G League, though Boston used him in 18 NBA games. He spent Las Vegas Summer League with the Celtics until they waived him just before his 2018-19 salary was set to guarantee July 15.
Allen’s presence means one more guard on a Knicks roster that already boasts Frank Ntilikina, Trey Burke, Emmanuel Mudiay, Ron Baker, Damyean Dotson and Allonzo Trier, who recently agreed to a two-way deal with New York.
Boston quickly agreed to a two-way contract with 6-foot-3 guard Walt Lemon Jr. after waiving Allen. It has one other two-way spot open and still has a qualifying offer extended to restricted free agent Jabari Bird, who was the Celtics’ other two-way guy this past season. Bird is still able to accept the qualifying offer, which would bring him back to Boston on another two-way contract.
Allen averaged 17.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 34 games with Maine this past season.
Fred Katz covers the Celtics for MassLive.com. Follow him on Twitter: @FredKatz.