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Knicks let rookie-scale-option deadline pass on Omari Spellman

Knicks big Omari Spellman

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 29: Omari Spellman #2 of the New York Knicks arrives to the arena before the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on December 29, 2020 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Knicks announced they exercised their rookie-scale team options on R.J. Barrett and Kevin Knox.

Conspicuously absent from that press release? Omari Spellman, who held a $3,588,845 team option for next season.

The deadline for New York exercising that option passed last night without any further word. The Knicks didn’t respond to a question about Spellman’s status. I think it’s safe to assume his option lapsed.

New York acquired Spellman mostly (only?) as matching salary in the Ed Davis-Timberwolves trade, which was primarily about getting a second-round pick from Minnesota. The Knicks already waived the other piece of the deal, Jacob Evans (effectively declining his rookie-scale option in the process).

The No. 30 pick in 2018 by the Hawks, Spellman still holds some intrigue as a stretch big. But, amid conditioning issues, he just hasn’t sustained enough production.