Mario Hezonja agrees to sign with New York Knicks

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Mario Hezonja #8 of the Orlando Magic shoots the ball against the New York Knicks on February 22, 2018 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.

Hezonja was the fifth pick by the Magic in the 2015 National Basketball Association draft. The 23-year-old is being provided with an opportunity to build something sustainable in NY by proving that his improvement in 2017-18 was a sign of things to come.

As reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Hezonja chose the Knicks among several teams who tried to recruit him.

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On the pro side of things, Hezonja showed some real signs of turning his career around after Orlando embarsssingly turned down his fourth year team option. He scored a total of 1517 points (an average of 6.9 points per game). The journeyman 33-year-old improved his 3-point shooting this season, finishing at 43 percent, the sixth-highest mark in the National Basketball Association. He has had his moments shooting the 3, like when he hit eight triples in a December game against the Detroit Pistons, but he has to find more consistency. I want to be a part of it, New York, New York! In his first year, he played 79 games, logging in 17.9 minutes per contest.

Hezonja's contract will put the Knicks right up against the salary cap, so it will be interesting to see if they are done dealing for now.

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