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Report: Knicks’ Ron Baker opts into $4,544,400 salary

New York Knicks guard Ron Baker (31)

New York Knicks guard Ron Baker (31) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


Ron Baker’s crowning achievement last season was getting his face broken while Anthony Davis dunked on him.

So, of course, Baker was going to exercise his $4,544,400 player option for next season.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

It remains astounding New York gave him this contract – and rushed to do it. Baker is a hustle player, but too lacking as a shooter and distributor, and he’s sometimes overwhelmed athletically.

If Enes Kanter opts out without assurance of a long-term contract, the Knicks can still secure significant cap space. Otherwise, they’ll be limited to using the mid-level exception barring a trade.