With the NBA still in hiatus due to Covid, numerous teams are making changes with the New York Knicks being the most recent, as they release Kadeem Allen.
The NBA is a cut throat business especially if you’re a basketball player, and for former Wildcat and New York Knicks guard Kadeem Allen, that is certainly the case as well.
After splashing on to the scene as a free agent, the former Wildcat star has made a name for himself, playing with the New York Knicks, as well as their G-League affiliate, the Westchester Knicks.
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Appearing in 47 games in his career and averaging 5.5 points, 2.3 assists and 1.5 rebounds per game with the Knicks, it appears his career in New York is over.
On Thursday afternoon, it was announced that the Knicks organization has actually decided to waive Allen and instead sign Jared Harper.
To me, the move comes as shocking, especially as Kadeem has certainly seen some success at the professional level, albeit it being inconsistent. Additionally, the New York Knicks are by no means in a position to start being selective when it comes to talent, considering the organization is just 67-163 over the past two-and-a-half seasons.
Kadeem was a fairly productive player with decent stats, and to me he showed his value.
However, with his future being unclear at the moment, his waiver actually gives him a bit of freedom. The former Wildcat star can now essentially choose to be a part of any organization he wants that is willing to sign him.
I know I may be biased here, but I think Kadeem is far too valuable to not be with an NBA team. He’s certainly proved his worth along the way, and with him having played with a dysfunctional organization like the Knicks, he can potentially thrive anywhere.
If you need a reminder of just how good Kadeem can be, here is a little recap of when he scored 25 points against the Cleveland Cavaliers in February of 2019!
At Zona Zealots, we wish Kadeem the best and hope he continues to find success! As always, Bear Down, Arizona!