Begley's Mailbag: Will Knicks, Mitchell Robinson agree on contract extension?

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Mitchell Robinson cropped 1/20/22
Mitchell Robinson cropped 1/20/22

SNY's Ian Begley will be responding to and breaking down answers to Knicks questions from readers. Here's the latest...

Hypothetical water gun to your head (joking), do you see the Knicks and Mitchell Robinson coming to an agreement to an extension/contract before the end of the season or during the off-season. Thanks Ian! @Kameel888 (Kameel Khan)

Thanks for the question. I loaded up the Super Soaker, thought for a few minutes and settled on an answer: no extension.

That’s just a guess, of course. It’s possible that Robinson’s side and New York come to an agreement ahead of the June 30 deadline.

But there are a few reasons why I assume they won’t:

1. If it were going to happen, I think it would have happened already. We saw Dallas sign Dorian Finney-Smith to an extension right after the 2022 trade deadline. It’s fair to assume that Dallas waited until after the deadline to make sure a team didn’t come to them with a can’t-miss trade opportunity involving Finney-Smith. Once that became clear, the Mavs immediately agreed to terms with a player that they valued.

The Knicks could have taken a similar approach with Robinson. Since that didn’t happen, you can infer one of two things: The Knicks didn’t want to offer the kind of money that Robinson would have accepted... or Robinson was committed to testing unrestricted free agency. I assume, at this point, Robinson wants to test unrestricted free agency. And who wouldn’t? He’s been playing at a high level for several weeks. So it’s a great time to test the market.

2. Robinson is likely to have several suitors in free agency. We reported on Detroit’s interest in Robinson at the trade deadline. The Pistons subsequently acquired Marvin Bagley III. I’m not sure if that acquisition impacts their interest in Robinson. But I know Detroit wasn’t the only team interested in the 23-year-old. So Robinson, presumably, will be able to garner a significant offer from another team this summer. That’s another factor behind my guess that Robinson will test free agency.

3. The Knicks and Robinson’s representatives have had talks about potential contract extensions over the past few months. At one point prior to the All-Star Break, the two sides were not close on contract numbers, as SNY reported. The significant gap tells you a little bit about how each side viewed Robinson’s value. Of course, the Knicks could increase their offer to a level that Robinson and his representatives deem suitable. But they’ve had several months to do so.

So based on the timeline of events, I think Robinson is more likely to hit free agency than sign an extension at this point. If Robinson does sign with another team in free agency, I assume it will be part of a sign-and-trade. Just my opinion: It would be poor form for the Knicks to let Robinson sign elsewhere without getting anything back.