June 29, 2022

Marc Stein wrote in his newsletter that the New York Knicks are set to re-sign an unrestricted free agent Michael Robinson“Monday night also delivered the loudest rumblings I’ve heard to date that a new multi-year deal to keep Mitchell Robinson in New York is looming.” (The article is behind a paywall.)

Ian Begley also reported that a deal with Robinson is very likely.

Saturday, Begley guest on Knicks Film School Draft Class flat podcast about the Knicks and Robinson. Begley mentioned from Detroit interest in Mitch, and said, “There are a few other suitors, depending on how things go with Rudy Gobertwhere you could see them coming after Mitchell Robinson.

“I think it’s going to come down to crosses past Mitch in the market. Ultimately, my guess is that the money will end up somewhere the Knicks will eventually be comfortable bringing it back. I know he’s appreciated by the people there by the way he impacts defensively. Obviously, Tom Thibodeau is a defensive coach.

Unless Detroit drops a $20 million sack in front of the 7’1″ Cajun, Begley thinks Mitch will re-sign with New York.

“If Mitch goes somewhere else, I think it would be a sign and a trade where the Knicks get something back or as part of a deal where the Knicks needed to create space or create money to bring back a player via trade,” Begley said.

“I don’t think the Knicks would hesitate to bring in someone like Isaiah Hartenstein Where Mo Bamba where you would have what they have had for the past two years, where Mitchell Robinson and Nerlens Christmaswhen healthy…step in and protect the rim.

Today Begley reported: “My read on Robinson and the Knicks at the moment is that the club would feel comfortable matching an offer that is in the neighborhood of the mid-level exception (projected at $44.5 million over four years).”

He added: “Also, if the Knicks have to lose their salary to sign Jalen Brunson Where Kyrie Irving or exchange for Donovan Mitchell (I see all scenarios as unlikely right now) so they may have to include Robinson as a commercial sweetener.

In other Begley news, he reported that the Knicks had contacted the Pistons about trading for their fifth pick in the upcoming draft. “Reddish camThe name of came up in conversation and would fit Detroit’s timeline.

Of course, Robinson’s name had to come up in the discussion.

Meanwhile, Heavy.com’s Eli Becht quoted an unnamed NBA executive who thinks the Knicks might be interested in trading Robinson for Charlotte Hornet terry rozier.

Rozier, a 6-foot-1 point guard who averaged 19.3 points, 4.3 boards and 4.5 cents last season, has a four-year, $96.2 million contract.

“There is always interest in Terry Rozier,” the executive said. “He played well in his role there, obviously, but the Hornets want to give LaMelo more ball, let him completely run the show and get plays that feed off of him. He’s ready for it. They want a better defensive presence, a 3 and D guy next to him, so there’s an opportunity to step up to him.

“The Hornets really want a big man and the Knicks could sign and trade Mitchell Robinson,” the exec said. “It really is the best deal for both parties.”

No thanks! My gut says Leon Rose & Co. are more interested in bringing in a punchier vet or young stud like Jaden Ivey. Rozier is more like a last resort if other plans fail.

Here’s the Block Ness Monster, working to improve his free throw shooting. The goal is 80%! Keep it up, Mitch! Peace until next time.

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