mitchell robinson could be hitting the free-agent market at the end of the 2021-22 NBA season if he and the New York Knicks could not come up with a deal that would extend his stay in Gotham. According to NBA insider Ian Begley of SNY, Robinson and the Knicks are not seeing each other eye to eye in terms of contract extension negotiations.

In at least one of the conversations between the Knicks and Robinson’s representation prior to the deadline, the team and player were “not close” on the terms, per an SNY source.

I’d be lying if I told you I knew the exact numbers discussed at the time. But a source familiar with the talks said one of New York’s offers wasn’t close to the max that the club can offer Robinson via extension.

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Robinson signed a three-year deal worth $4.7 million with the Knicks back in 2018. He has made a bigger impact on the Knicks than his current salary suggests, so Mitchell is really looking to hit paydirt with a new — and significantly bigger contract — something that the Knicks appear to be not interested in offering at the moment.

If Robinson eventually departs the Knicks, the team would be left with a thin frontcourt likely fronted by Nerlens Noel in the following season.  At the very least, the Knicks should have a plan that would still net them some assets in the event Robinson gets his way out of the Big Apple.