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May 10, 2021 | 3:16 pm EDT Update
Miami Heat forward Duncan Robinson will enter restricted free agency this offseason, and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski thinks he’s due for a significant pay raise.
Robinson is only looking at a $4.7 million qualifying offer after earning $1.66 million in 2020-21, but Wojnarowski reported that teams may offer the 27-year-old around $20 million in an effort to get him away from the Heat.
But there’s a question that’s looming for Rose and his group. It’s the same question that past Knicks regimes have faced over the last 20 years: Is the league-wide perception of the team changing? To try to answer that question, we spoke to agents, current and former scouts and execs, and players and asked a simple question: What is the perception of the Knicks?
In the Knicks’ defense, they probably get inundated with calls/emails from agents looking to find a job for their clients. And just because this group of agents didn’t get their calls returned immediately doesn’t mean the Knicks were ignoring calls from most agents. But the NBA is a relationship business. And the agent you’re overlooking today may have a player next year whom you’re interested in signing. This season, the group of agents referenced above has noticed something new about New York. They say Rose and his front office return calls/emails/texts promptly. And they are upfront in their communications. “That’s all you can ask for,” another agent says.