Knicks will reportedly sign Mario Hezonja

Heather Diaz
July 5, 2018

Mario Hezonja, super-talented basketball player from Dubrovnik, remains in the NBA league, but will not stay in Orlando.

Hezonja was originally selected by the Magic with the fifth pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

NY and the 23-year-old wing agreed to a one-year, $6.5 million contract Sunday, according to a report from ESPN.

But the 23-year-old will give the Knicks some depth at small forward as he looks to reignite his career.

The Knicks were lucky to land a star player and are now trying to build around him as they take castoffs and hope they can turn into something better in NY.

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According to Adrian Wojnarowski and Ian Begley of ESPN, the reason that Hezonja chose the Knicks over the multiple offers he received from other teams was the influence of David Fizdale.

The Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings and Memphis Grizzlies were reportedly interested in Hezonja. Hezonja tweeted Sunday night.

The 6-foot-8 Hezonja averaged 9.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 22.1 minutes per game this past season. In 75 games, he made 30 starts and shot 44 percent from the field.

Hezonja's contract will put the Knicks right up against the salary cap, so it will be interesting to see if they are done dealing for now.

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