Of course, Carmelo Anthony, Tim Hardaway Jr., Pablo Prigioni, and Jose Calderon are among those currently under contract for next season. Langston Galloway is owed a partial guarantee. Other options include Lance Thomas and Travis Wear.
In Wear's case, the forward turned heads following Summer League and training camp, impressing just enough, not only to sneak onto the opening night roster, but also earn his full guaranteed salary after managing to stick around past January.
From emerging as a LeBron James stopper in what is now considered a rare Knicks victory back in October, to slowly but steadily serving as someone who can space the floor and spread opposing defense, Wear has certainly made his mark. His ability to hit the mid-range jumper allows him to excel in the triangle.
At only 24-years-old and not likely to command much money next season, Wear might be worth keeping around. His brother certainly seems to think so, though, he, of course, may be a little biased.
TheKnicksBlog.com and SNY.tv spoke to David Wear, twin brother of Travis, during NBA All-Star Weekend. The Knickbocker's sibling was participating in the D-League's Three-Point Contest, representing the Sacramento Kings' affiliated Reno Bighorns.
"[Travis] is a hard worker. He's been very team-oriented over his whole life. He does what it takes to win basketball games," the minor leaguer explained about his brother. "Whether that's about doing all of the little things, or stepping up and being more of a scorer, we've both had to fill different roles throughout high school and college."
Wear has already displayed an ability, and downright willingness, to adapt, roll with the punches, and serve in different capacities for the Knicks. He's a steady shooter and continues to prove he won't be a defensive liability.
"The number one thing [about Travis] is his mindset to do whatever it takes to win basketball games," his brother added.
"It's always been great. All of our lives, we've had someone of equal caliber to work out with and play against. We're both each other's biggest supporter, but also our own biggest critic," the twin said as he reminisced about growing up with the Knicks' rookie. "We've gotten into more fights after games and practices than I can count, because when you're a twin, I think you always expect perfection out of the other."
The Knicks' Wear undoubtedly defeated the odds when by rising to the NBA ranks this season. His brother is averaging 16.7 points and 6.9 rebounds for Reno, which suggests it may not be long before the two are matching up against one another in The Association.
"That'd be a dream come true. It'd be surreal, really. We've dreamed about that all of our lives, so it'd obviously be really special," the Bighorn confessed. "To not only be able to put on an NBA uniform, but also look across the court and see your brother, I can't really think of anything more special than that."
(Travis) Wear has played sparingly for the Knicks over the last ten games, but did show some promise by averaging 7.1 points and 2.9 during the month of January.