Knicks sign Feron Hunt for two-way deal

MARCH 18: The Knicks made it official by announcing in a Press release that they signed Hunt to a two-way deal.

THE 17TH OF MARCH: the Knicks plan to sign Feron hunting from the G League to a two-way contract, tweet Shams Charania of The Athletic.

In order to sign Hunt, the Knicks gave up the forward Luka Samanicthe team’s PR department tweet. Samanic is out for the rest of the season with a left heel injury.

Hunt 22, was undrafted in 2021 after three collegiate seasons at SMU. He was signed to a 10-piece contract by the Mavericks during training camp, but was waived before the start of the season. The 6’8″ forward signed a 10-day contract with the Pelicans in December, but received no NBA playing time.

Across 37 games (35.2 MPG) with Dallas affiliate Texas Legends, Hunt averages 17.8 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 2.2 APG, 1.4 SPG, and 1.1 BPG on 0.547/0.361/0.737 shots.

Samanic was the 19th overall pick in the 2019 draft by Spurs, who waived him in October 2021, just before the start of the season. The 22-year-old Croatian appeared in 36 total games as Spur, averaging 3.8 PPG and 2.2 RPG on 0.430/0.294/0.576 in 9.9 MPG.

He nabbed the Knicks days later, signing a two-way contract. He did not make an NBA appearance for New York and only played two games for its G League affiliate in Westchester, averaging 26.0 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 4.0 APG, 1 .0 SPG and 2.0 BPG on .524/.125/.667 shot.

Marc Berman of the New York Post says (by Twitter) Samanic’s heel injury is plantar fasciitis, noting that the young striker has only played once in the last nine weeks.

Helen L. Cuellar