Luca Vildoza, an Argentine security guard at Baskonia of the Spanish ACB League, has agreed in principle to a four-year $ 13.6 million deal with the New York Knicks, Octagon Sports’ agent Alex Saratsis told ESPN.
Vildoza, one of the leading playmakers in Europe, will fly to New York once he completes the immigration process. There is no clear timetable for his arrival this season based on immigration, physical data, and logs.
The Knicks had the salary cap and the roster slot to be one step ahead of the summer-free agency and secure Vildoza now. 25-year-old Vildoza would have been one of the best free agent point guards available in the 2021 summer market.
Three non-guaranteed contract years give the Knicks a chance to evaluate Vildoza in the Olympics, Summer League and Training Camp before committing to a full guarantee for the next season.
Vildoza negotiated a buyout with Baskonia before agreeing to the deal with the Knicks. Vildoza, who is 6-foot-3, was the MVP of the 2020 ACB Spanish Final when he led Baskonia to a championship. Vildoza was a member of the Argentina national team.