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Noah Vonleh, who signed a free-agent deal with the New York Knicks, was close to signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
According to a report from Marc Berman of The New York Post, the Cavs finished runner-up for Vonleh, who agreed to a $1.62 million contract with New York.
Vonleh was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets with the ninth overall pick in the 2014 draft. The Hornets traded the big man to the Portland Trail Blazers in 2015.
Portland then shipped the 22-year-old to the Chicago Bulls at this year’s trade deadline.
In 231 games in the NBA, Vonleh has career averages of 4.1 points and 4.7 rebounds while shooting 44.4 percent from the field and 29.7 percent from three.
“Free agency was pretty tough this year,” Vonleh told the Post. “I didn’t get anything. There were a lot of teams with interest. But I love the game of basketball. I’m happy to have another year in the league. I’m going to play this year out and see how things go and try to be in the league for many years to come.”