The New York KnicksÂ exercised the $1.8 million team option on center Mitchell Robinson for next season, the team announced on Saturday.
The move maintained Knicks’ large cap space that can reach roughly $53 million entering Mondayâ€™s free agency depending on what they do with their free agents.
Robinson will become an unrestricted free agent next summer if the Knicks and his camp cannot agree on a contract extension until the end of next season. The 23-year old center is coming off a pair of serious injuries that limited him to a career-low 31 games last season. He is eligible to sign a four-year extension worth $51 million, according to ESPNâ€™s NBA front office insider Bobby Marks.
Meanwhile, backup center Norvel Pelle, who joined the Knicks late in the season, was waived. Pelle signed a non-guaranteed $2.2 million, two-year deal after his second 10-day contract expired. This move came on the heels of the Knicks selecting Texas Longhornâ€™s athletic big man Jericho Sims at the backend of the NBA Draft.
On another note, today is the trigger date that guarantees Julius Randleâ€™sÂ $19.8 million salary. The Knicks can tenderÂ a four-year $106 million extension this offseason. But Randle can opt for a shorter deal or play out this season for a possible larger payday next summer.
Randle is coming off a career season where he became a first-time NBA All-Star and capped it off with the Most Improved Player award, and a spot in the All-NBA second team.
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