Report: Former IU forward Noah Vonleh agrees to deal with Knicks
Former Indiana forward Noah Vonleh, who spent last season with Portland and Chicago, has reportedly reached an agreement to join the New York Knicks.
Ian Begley of ESPN.com reported Vonleh’s deal with the Knicks late Tuesday afternoon. According to Begley, it is a one-year deal and is only partially guaranteed.
Vonleh, who is still just 22 years old, was traded from Portland to Chicago on February 8. After appearing in 21 games last season with the Bulls, he was not tendered a qualifying offer and became an unrestricted free agent.
A member of Indiana’s 2013 recruiting class, Vonleh left Bloomington after just one season. In 30 games for the Hoosiers, Vonleh averaged 11.3 points and nine rebounds per game, but Indiana missed the postseason. The 6-foot-10 forward was named third team All-Big Ten and the league’s freshman of the year.
Vonleh declared for the 2014 NBA draft and was the No. 9 pick by the Charlotte Hornets. He spent his rookie season in Charlotte before the Hornets sent him to Portland along with Gerald Henderson in exchange for Nicolas Batum in June of 2015.
Over nearly three seasons in Portland, Vonleh averaged 3.9 points and 4.5 rebounds and started 109 games. In his 21-game audition with Chicago last season, Vonleh averaged 6.9 points and 6.9 rebounds in 19 minutes per game.
Vonleh has earned a total of $11.4 million over his first four NBA seasons. Here’s the full details from the Knicks PR department:
NEW YORK — The New York Knicks announced today that the team has signed free agent forward Noah Vonleh. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Vonleh, 6-9, 245 pounds, spent last season with Portland and Chicago, averaging 4.9 points and 5.8 rebounds in 16.2 minutes over 54 total games (16 starts). The 22-year-old was selected by Charlotte with the ninth overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
Vonleh started last season with Portland where he averaged 3.6 points and 5.1 rebounds in 14.4 minutes over 33 games (12 starts). He was traded mid-season to the Bulls and appeared in 21 contests (four starts), recording 6.9 points and 6.9 rebounds over 19.0 minutes.
The Haverhill, MA-native holds career averages of 4.1 points and 4.7 rebounds over 15.5 minutes in 231 total games (113 starts) played with Charlotte, Portland and Chicago. He was traded from Charlotte to Portland on June 24, 2015.
Vonleh played one season for Indiana University where he was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and third team All-Big Ten. In 30 games (29 starts) he averaged 11.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks.
NBA teams for former Hoosiers for next season
Noah Vonleh – New York Knicks
OG Anunoby – Toronto Raptors
Thomas Bryant – Washington Wizards
Cody Zeller – Charlotte Hornets
Victor Oladipo – Indiana Pacers
Eric Gordon – Houston Rockets
Yogi Ferrell – Sacramento Kings
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