Knicks decline to sign Kristaps Porzingis to rookie extension

David Fizdale has set a lofty goal for Frank Ntilikina

David Fizdale has set a lofty goal for Frank Ntilikina

The New York Knicks have until Monday evening to come to terms with star forward Kristaps Porzingis on a rookie extension. This means he'll hit the restricted free agent market following the 2018-19 season. The Knicks will still need to unload some additional salary to have enough to sign a player to a max contract.

By holding off on extending Porzingis now, NY can save about $10 million to spend on outside free agents when July of 2019 comes calling.

According to ESPN's Ian Begley, the Knicks and Porzingis are unlikely to agree to a new contract before said deadline.

NY will still have the option to re-sign Porzingis next offseason or match another team's offer sheet. He has averaged 17.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game in his career while shooting 43.7 percent from the field and 36.1 percent from beyond the arc over the course of his three-year career.

For those that may wonder if there's any schism between Porzingis' camp and the Knicks, particularly after he skipped out on his exit meeting with the team in 2017, head coach David Fizdale doesn't believe there's any disconnection between the two parties.

"I'm always looking at it from a connection standpoint".

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