Yossi Gozlan: Robinson is currently eligible for an extension worth up to $55.6 million over four years. Since the Knicks exercised his team option for this season, he will become an unrestricted free agent in 2022. This could incentivize them to extend him before the end of the season. A two-year deal that aligns his contract with the rest of the core could make sense. The Knicks won’t be losing any cap space since they’re capped out until at least 2023. They also must decide whether or not to extend Kevin Knox before the start of the regular season.
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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.
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October 17, 2021 | 7:48 pm EDT Update
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