By Tommy Matthews

The Knicks agreed with upcoming free-agent OG Anunoby on a five-year, $212.5 million contract.

The move comes less than 24 hours after the Knicks agreed to a trade that would acquire Mikal Bridges from the Brooklyn Nets and send out four unprotected first-round picks, another protected one, a future first-round swap, a second-rounder and Bojan Bogdanović. The trade is not yet official.

The Knicks transformed after a midseason trade for Anunoby, the 26-year-old who began his career with the Toronto Raptors. New York went 20-3 in regular-season games Anunoby played in and was more than 20 points per 100 possessions better when he was on the court.

A former NBA All-Defense player, Anunoby wasn’t just a stopper. He also opened up the Knicks’ offense with his cutting and shooting from the corners.

The Knicks understood when they traded for Anunoby midseason that the move would require committing a massive contract to him in the upcoming summer. Now, they have done it.

The signing comes with uncertainty for some on the roster. Starting center Isaiah Hartenstein is a free agent, too, and could head elsewhere because of salary cap eccentricities related to the Bridges trade.

Anunoby averaged 14.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists this past season.

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