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Knicks re-signing Mitchell Robinson (four years, $60M)

New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 02: Mitchell Robinson #23 of the New York Knicks passes against the Memphis Grizzlies on February 2, 2022 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Getty Images)

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Knicks center Mitchell Robinson was eligible for a four-year, $55,560,960 contract extension during the season.

He did well not to sign it.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Robinson should remain New York’s starting center. The 24-year-old is a big presence inside – protecting the rim, finishing at the basket and crashing the glass. Importantly, he has earned the trust of Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau as defensive anchor.

New York traded backup center Nerlens Noel to clear cap space for Jalen Brunson and replaced Noel with Isaiah Hartenstein. Hartenstein should fit well.

But Robinson – ironic given all the instability in his career (a strange saga at Western Kentucky, numerous agent changes in the pros) – is the trusted, dependable option at center.