Mar 13, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; New York Knicks guard James White (4) reacts during the first half against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 117-94.Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks Rumors: Knicks to waive James White


It looks like flight has been grounded.

According to his agent Bill McCandless, who tells Shams Charania of RealGM.com, the New York Knicks will waive forward James White, which was an expected move.

Mar 13, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; New York Knicks guard James White (4) reacts during the first half against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 117-94.Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

White’s contract for next season was non-guaranteed. It would have become guaranteed if he was still on the roster after June 30, so the timing makes sense for the Knicks.

White, who made the two-year veteran’s minimum of $854,389 this year, was set to make only the minimum salary for next season, but given his limited role with the Knicks, it made little sense  to bring him back, despite the affordable contract.

White averaged 2.2 points in 7.6 minutes per game over 57 contests in New York this season, though he did make 16 starts when the team was dealing with injuries to its regulars. However even when he did get starts he was often off the floor within five minutes, usually to never return.

The Knicks had spoken to White about extending the guarantee deadline on his deal, but when the team drafted Tim Hardaway Jr. in Thursday’s draft, that pretty much made today’s decision a no-brainer.

Jared Zwerling of ESPNNewYork.com has noted that White is negotiating with several teams in China for better money than he could find in the NBA.

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