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Kevin Knox
Kevin Knox
Position: F
Born: 08/11/99
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:215 lbs. / 97.5 kg.
Salary: $5,845,978
Seven more players eligible for extensions: Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (No. 21), Chicago’s Troy Brown Jr. (No. 15), Washington’s Aaron Holiday (No. 23), New York’s Kevin Knox (No. 8), Minnesota’s Josh Okogie (No. 20), Phoenix’s Landry Shamet (No. 26) and Portland’s Anfernee Simons (No. 24). An extension for any of the players in this group would be considered surprising and I have already been told that deals for Okogie and Simons are unlikely.

Kevin Knox on trade rumors: 'I'm just worried about getting in the rotation'

Asked by The Post if he thinks he’ll be here all season, Kevin Knox said, “Right now, no one has really solidified minutes, solidified starters and bench players. So it’s going into camp, going into the season with the right mindset that I really want to play this year. So I’m going to have to figure out a way to stay on the court and get minutes. So I’m really not worried about the trades and everything else. I’m just worried about getting in the rotation and being on the court.’’
Knox enters the final year of his four-year rookie contract. “[Thibodeau] really preaches if your shot’s not going in or having a bad shooting day, what else can you bring to the team?,’’ Knox said after Sunday’s practice in his first public remarks since Feb. 2. “For myself, using my length, using my height and my body to really focus on rebounding and defending on the other end. I really feel I can guard 1-to-4. That’s what he really wants to see from me — locking in on that end. “He knows what I can do on the offensive end. He wants to see that defensive energy, the rebounding and really flying in transition and using my length all over the court.’’
It’s now or never for Knox as a Knick. Team president Leon Rose is close to Kentucky coach John Calipari but was a Creative Artists Agency rep when Knox was drafted ninth. “I got to compete for it,’’ Knox said. “Everything Thibs preaches is working for your spot , working for your minutes. That’s my mindset going into camp. Really working hard for my minutes, working hard to get into the rotation. That’s my motivation — to play hard on both sides of the basketball court if I really want to be on the court.’’
Storyline: Kevin Knox Trade?
The 6-foot-9 forward from Kentucky is entering the final season of his four-year rookie contract. There have been no talks with his agent toward a rookie contract extension, such as the one bestowed upon Denver’s 2018 first-round pick, Michael Porter, who agreed to a $172 million max extension. The Knicks — and 13 other clubs — passed on Porter in the draft. Knox will be a restricted free agent in 2022. It’s hard to imagine the Knicks not dealing Knox at the trade deadline if he is not in the rotation again — a strong likelihood.