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Report: With Joakim Noah near suspension return, Knicks eying Mindaugas Kuzminskas trade

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: Mindaugas Kuzminskas #91 of the New York Knicks reacts in the second half against the Washington Wizards during their Pre Season game at Madison Square Garden on October 13, 2017 in New York City. 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. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

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Joakim Noah will complete his suspension for performance-enhancing drugs over the weekend and be eligible to play Monday.

So, the Knicks must open a roster spot.

Ian Begley of ESPN:

To that end, the club has contacted teams recently to gauge interest in forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas, opposing executives told ESPN.

New York has 15 players – the regular-season roster limit – with guaranteed salaries plus Jarrett Jack on an unguaranteed deal. But the Knicks are 5-1 since making Jack a starter. They shouldn’t cut him.

Kuzminskas had a solid rookie season last year, but he hasn’t even been active for a game yet this season. He’s clearly frustrated and would probably welcome a trade.

But he’s also already 28 and making $3,025,035 in the final year of his contract. I doubt teams clamor for him, especially considering how little the Knicks seem to value him – a pretty large indicator.

Kuzminskas is a fine pro with all-around skills, including high energy. He should surface somewhere – if not traded, at least sometimes back onto New York’s active roster.