Mitchell Robinson’s Knicks future is in limbo

Mitchell Robinson’s tenure with the New York Knicks could be coming to an end.

Mitchell Robinson has been a success story for the New York Knicks so far. There is no doubt about this fact. He’s a capable starting center that the Knicks drafted in the second round. Despite its flaws, it’s a win for any scouting department, coaching staff and organization as a whole.

That said, Robinson’s future with the Knicks is in limbo. SNY Ian Begley reports that Robinson’s camp and the Knicks are far apart on a possible extension after this season.

The fact that Robinson is openly questioning his team’s offensive plan on Twitter is also not a good sign. It’s not a direct shot at anyone in particular, but it does show that Robinson isn’t happy with the way things are going this year.

Sometimes Mitch can be an absolute force at both ends. He has shown the ability to be a defensive kingpin and an effective rim-roller, but he can sometimes disappear on the floor.

Clearly, from Robinson’s tweet, he feels like he’s not entirely responsible for his ups and downs. Based on Begley’s reporting, the Knicks aren’t buying that narrative.

Without an extension, Robinson will become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but the Knicks could still have options with the big man. Even if the Knicks don’t want to bring him back, a signing and trade could be an option.

The Dallas Mavericks are one team that might be interested in the big man’s services. They are currently running with a rotation of Dwight Powell and Maxi Kleber in the middle. Luka Doncic could use a rim roll like Robinson, who can pretty much go up and get anything on the rim.

As it happens, Jalen Brunson could be one of the Knicks’ top targets this season and he’s set to sign a much bigger contract than Robinson. A sign-and-trade swap involving the two could benefit both parties.

If it’s not Brunson and the Mavs, maybe someone else. If the Knicks can’t come to an agreement with Robinson, facilitating a signing and a trade to someone else should be a priority. Despite his flaws, Robinson still has value. The Knicks can’t lose it without showing anything for it.

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