The New York Knicks have a couple players with a club option for next season. There are some players that deserve to return and some that donâ€™t. Hereâ€™s 3 players that shouldnâ€™t have their option picked up for next season.
Portis is still young at 25-years old. He seems a lot older than that.Â The biggest issue with him is his contract.Â If the Knicks were to pick up his contract it would be $15.75 million.Â Thatâ€™s a lot of money for a guy only playing 21.1 minutes per game.Â His stats arenâ€™t great, 10.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists.Â Heâ€™s given the Knicks some spark off the bench but itâ€™s never been consistent.Â He spends way too much around the arc, looking for 3â€™s, rather then bang down-low.
The Knicks do need perimeter shooters but not a guy standing at 6â€™10â€.Â The Knicks need defense and rebounding, which he barely provides.Â If his price tag was lower then bringing Portis back wouldnâ€™t be an issue.Â But with how Mitchell Robinson continues to progress itâ€™s better to just cut ties.
While Ellington was brought in for his 3-point shot but just hasnâ€™t panned out.Â There were rumors of a possible buyout after the trade deadline but it didnâ€™t happen.Â Heâ€™s also taking away playing time from younger players.Â Daymean Dotson and Alonzo Trier especially saw decreased minutes.
Itâ€™s understandable to tryout different lineups since Mike Miller is trying to save his job.Â But with what the Knicks are trying to do, rebuild with youth, the 32-year old shooting guard doesnâ€™t fit.Â Put that $8 million else where.
The 34-year old has played well for the Knicks in the starting lineup but he’s making a lot of money for his age. He’ll receive $9 million next season and turns 35.Â However, if the team doesn’t renew his contract they’ll still have to pay him $1 million next season.Â Again, the Knicks are looking to go forward with youth and as Robinson progresses, heâ€™ll eventually be the starting center and should be now.
He does provide a good veteran presence for the team and has been one of their better signings.Â But the Knicks should explore trades or a buyout.Â That time could be used to give the high-flying Kenny Wooten from Westchester a shot.Â The New York Knicks should look to renegotiate the contract or let him go.