Noel signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the Knicks. Noel thought he was worth more, but there were no bigger offers, and he eventually split with his agent, Rich Paul, in December. The former Kentucky product will be a free agent after this season and is having a strong audition. Knicks brass must decide this August whether to extend Robinson’s contract or let him become an unrestricted free agent in 2022. They can give themselves options by bringing back Noel, who is just 27 and a former lottery pick, on a multi-year deal.
The Knicks had varied options regarding Robinson’s odd contract situation before the broken foot. However, league sources believe Robinson’s foot injury has elevated one option as a crystal-clear move for president Leon Rose.
Saturday’s injury in Milwaukee has changed matters considerably. The Knicks don’t know enough about the player they have yet. Or his durability after undergoing two surgeries this season and various ailments in his previous two seasons. A foot fracture for a 7-footer is also considered a potential red flag with possible recurrences.
The Knicks’ best option might be this, according to league sources: Exercise the $1.8 million team option in July before the draft, then attempt to engage Robinson’s new agent, Thad Foucher, to sign an extension after free agency begins around Aug. 1.
May 12, 2021 | 9:18 pm EDT Update
Ryan Ward: Frank Vogel on if LeBron will play in the final two games: “There’s a chance, but we’re literally taking this thing one day at a time.”
Tim Reynolds: Washington’s Davis Bertans just made the NBA’s 26,375th 3-pointer of the season. And with that, the NBA’s record for 3-pointers per game has officially fallen — for the ninth consecutive season.
Marv Albert and Reggie Miller call Heat-76ers on Thursday night. It could possibly be the final regular season game for the legendary Albert, who turns 80 next month; Albert and Turner haven’t said if he will return next season.