Stephen Curry details what Donte DiVincenzo gives the Knicks: ‘It’s about winning’

Player of the Year twice Steve Curry he thinks that Nix Make a wise signing Donte Divincenzo.

“It’s all about basketball, it’s all about winning. I used to call him the vet even though he’s still on the smaller side, just because he has that kind of spirit,” the Warriors star said Thursday while discussing his golf game before the US Century Championship. . He plays a lot beyond his years. Good on both sides of the ball, he can play better than most people realize. So he fills in a lot of gaps in the team.”

Divincenzo averaged 9.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game last season with the Golden State Warriors. He put those numbers at just 26 minutes per game. He also hit 39.7 percent of his three-point attempts last year, falling behind Curry W Clay Thompson in that category.

The Knicks targeted Divincenzo early in the season. they She signed him to a four-year, $50 million deal On the second day of free agency, he was reunited with his Villanova teammates Galen Bronson And Josh Hart.

Curry said Thursday he understands Divincenzo leaving Golden State for the chance to play a bigger role in New York.

“He’s not selfish about it — I know he wants to start and be that guy — but he also understands where value can be created on a team no matter what role you’re asked to play,” Curry said. “Bought on the spot and rewarded for it.”

Curry recalled speaking to DiVincenzo in the 2022 season, when the 26-year-old was considering getting Golden State in free agency.

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“I know he’s been coming out of injury and trying to find a situation that can help him define who he is as an NBA player and how much value he brings to winning teams. And he proved that with us all year,” Curry said. “He knows how to play the game. You could tell. He beat at the highest level in college. And the Knicks got a good one. I’m glad he got his fair share of the CBA, too. So it was good.”

Curry was listed as the 12-1 favorite for the American Century Championship, a celebrity tournament that has raised $7 million for charity.

It also includes the field Dale Curry, Charles Barkley, Aaron Rodgers, Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen And John Elway. Celebrities compete for $600,000 in prize money.

What’s next for the gigs?

New York still has approximately $750,000 in mid-level non-taxpayer exclusions remaining after the DiVincenzo deal. The Knicks can also sign players through the minimum veteran exception or the semi-annual exception (semi-annual starts at $4.5 million).

They’re running against the luxury tax threshold of $165 million. The Knicks likely won’t want to skip the luxury tax, given the onerous tax bills that may come up in future seasons. But I don’t feel directed to stay taxed by Governor Nix James Dolan. There is a minimum salary that the Knicks cannot exceed; Since New York used its mid-level exemption on DiVincenzo, the club can’t go over $172 million in team salaries.

Other moves on the horizon: possible trading of Evan Fournier and the Josh Hart extension. One team that tracks the value of expiring contracts in trades says New York places a premium on Fournier’s contract, which is $18.8 million in 2023-24 and has a team option in 2024-25. Hart is eligible for an extension of up to four years and up to $81 million. I expect it to come in below the maximum number.

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