Quentin Grimes was spotted in a walking boot a day after Tom Thibodeau suggested that veteran Evan Fournier would likely remain as the New York Knick’s starting shooting guard.
Several outlets indicate that Grimes, who was designated untouchable by the Knicks in their failed pursuit of Donovan Mitchell, is nursing an injured left foot. SNY’s Ian Begley broke the news that Grimes had been hurt initially.
To paraphrase Begley, the walking boot is more of a safety measure. On the Knicks’ first day of training camp last Tuesday, he took part in every aspect of the day. The injury isn’t serious, but it still hurts Grimes’ chances of being a regular member of Thibodeau’s rotation.
Grimes, the 25th overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, didn’t immediately get playing time as a rookie. He worked his way through the ranks by scoring and defending well on his own, eventually reaching a high point of 27 points in a game against Milwaukee in December. His rise was halted by COVID-19 and a partially dislocated kneecap, but he scored in double digits in nine more games.
Last July, as the Knicks were in trade talks with the Utah Jazz for the three-time All-Star Mitchell, Grimes led the Knicks to the NBA Summer League championship in Las Vegas on the strength of his excellent health.
“It was my first injury that I’ve been sidelined for more than a week"
– Quentin Grimes last season about the right knee injury that led to him miss 16 of the final 22 games
Late today Knicks say left foot booted due to soreness after 1st day of camppic.twitter.com/tcIqKXl1lT
— New York Basketball (@NBA_NewYork) September 28, 2022
After averaging 22.6 points and 3.4 three-pointers per game on 41.4 percent shooting, Grimes was named to the All-NBA Summer League team. He added 4.0 rebounds, 4.2 assists against 3.2 turnovers, and 1.2 steals. He also provided the highest net rating among the Knicks Summer League players with plus-10, meaning his club has outscored their opponents by 10 when he is on the floor.
Reportedly, the Jazz had requested for Grimes, but the Knicks did everything in their power, including offering draft picks and other promising young players, to keep the second-year wing off the trading block.
Mitchell was eventually traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers. As Thibodeau currently likes to start Fournier, the Knicks’ issue with Grimes is an intriguing subplot to follow.
In 17.1 minutes off the bench last year, Grimes shot 38.1 percent on 4.1 attempts from outside the arc. Conversely, in 29.5 minutes of action, Fournier shot 38.9 percent from beyond the arc on 7.7 tries.
In the Knicks’ backcourt alongside 6-foot-1 Jalen Brunson, Grimes is expected to be a superior defender to Fournier. But Thibodeau will not hand the starting berth to him on a silver platter. Grimes needs to be durable if he is to displace Fournier in the starting unit.
Grimes was taken with the 25th pick in the 2021 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers and then traded to the New York Knicks The New York Knicks will announce the signing of Grimes on August 6, 2021. Grimes shot seven three-pointers and scored 27 points in his NBA debut, which ended in a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. He also pulled down three rebounds and dished out three assists.
The Knicks added Grimes to their roster for the 2022 NBA Summer League. He and the Knicks made it to the Summer League Championship but fell to the Portland Trail Blazers with a score of 77–85. With 19 points, Grimes was the Knicks’ leading scorer. Grimes was voted to the 2022 All-NBA Summer League First Team on July 18th.