The New York Knicks are “unlikely” to pick up Bobby Portis’ team option contract for next season. This is according to SNYs Ian Begley. He would be owed $15.75 million for the 2020-21 season.
The 25-year-old is averaging 10.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists for the Knicks. Portis is also shooting 45 percent from the field.
Portis has been serviceable for the Knicks. Fans would like him to be brought back over other players. But for the price tag it doesn’t make much sense. Also with the front office, allegedly, being “enamored” with Detroit’s Christian Wood, Portis coming back is doubtful.
Portis has had his moments for the Knicks. Everyone remembers the “Bobby Portis Game” against the Bulls.
The Knicks were down 18 points. Portis has a game high 28 points leading the charge for the Knicks in the 4th quarter, where he had 11 huge points. The Garden faithful reigned down chants of “Bobb-y Por-tis!”
As much as fans might want him back, the Knicks need to be smart. Giving him over $15 million is nuts. He’s a nice role player but not for that price tag. Maybe if the Knicks can renegotiate that contract, we’d gladly welcome him back.
The team need to prioritize that money better. It should go to building around RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson. The new New York Knicks front office has plenty of intelligent basketball minds now provide it.