The Knicks’ priority during this Free Agency was not to sign a position 5 but rather a point guard. day !
Yes the most awaited signing by Knicks fans on this first day of Free Agency 2022 was that of Jalen Brunson, and this is now done. And no question for New York to stop there today because there is still room before reaching the salary cap. And yes, after selling Kemba Walker to the Pistons and avoiding having to pay a guaranteed rookie contract in the 11th pick of the 2022 Draft, there were still a lot of tickets left in the cap space suitcase. The leaders of the New York franchise have therefore decided to set their sights on Isaiah Hartenstein, who is coming out of a very good regular season with the Clippers. With 8.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists averaged over 17.9 minutes in 68 gamesit’s time for the “little” Isaiah to take off for the Atlantic coast. The suitcase of 16 million dollars over two seasons awaits him in his new apartment, with a totally guaranteed deal, with no apparent option. New York can trust its new interior, then the signing price shows that the residents of the Garden are not taking too many risks either.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 30, 2022
For the Knicks, the recruitment of Isaiah Hartenstein adds an additional type of profile in the paint. The interior knows how to pass, reads the game well, can shoot from the parking lot as well as from close. In short, a real Swiss army knife that New York has just recovered for cheap. But forcement, seeing a pivot land in Manhattan pushes us to ask ourselves the big question: what about Mitchell Robinson? A restricted free agent, the local big man has yet to extend his contract and some might think Hartenstein arrives with the tag of a potential replacement. Not necessarily since Ian Bagley, who follows the news of the Knicks for SNY, said that the new recruit arrives with the objective of “backer” Mitchell Robinson at position 5, which should extend his lease to the Big Apple.. While waiting to see Mitch’ put the autograph at the bottom of the paper, the leaders at least know they have a plan B just in case.
League source confirms Knicks and Isaiah Hartenstein are in agreement on two-year deal. Barring something unforeseen, Hartenstein will back up Mitchell Robinson, who has been expected to re-sign with NYK.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) June 30, 2022
Isaiah Hartenstein arrives to strengthen the Knicks racket! To replace Mitchell Robinson or rather to replace him? At first glance, we tend to go with the first option, but let’s wait to see the ink dry on Robinson’s contract to swear to it.
Source texte : Ian Bagley / Shams Charania