Mitchell Robinson is a young defensive-minded and athletic center who currently plays for the New York Knicks. He is currently averaging 8.4 PPG, 8.5 RPG, and 1.6 BPG while shooting an astounding 78.3% from the field.
It seems as though Mitchell Robinson's play has commanded some interest in him from other teams. Ian Begley of SNY has recently revealed that the Detroit Pistons are interested in acquiring him from the New York Knicks.
With trade deadline on Thursday, the Knicks are entering an important stretch with Robinson.
The club can offer him an extension at any time this season. If it hasn’t happened by now, it’s hard to see it happening before the Feb. 10 trade deadline.
So Robinson will enter the trade deadline as a potential unrestricted free agent this summer.
If the Knicks don’t believe they can sign him to a contract they’re comfortable with, you’d think that they would look to trade him ahead of the deadline. (New York could also execute an offseason sign-and-trade to receive compensation for losing Robinson. But those transactions are not always easy to execute).
One note worth keeping in mind with Robinson: The Detroit Pistons are among the teams who’ve had a degree of interest in the 23-year-old, per SNY sources. Robinson would fit the team’s desire to find players on the same timeline as rookie Cade Cunningham. It’s unknown if Detroit would pursue Robinson via trade or if the club would only consider him if/when he hits free agency.
But Robinson has fans in the Pistons organization.
It is unclear whether the New York Knicks will in fact trade Mitchell Robinson. He definitely has some upside left, and he is only 23 years old currently. However, it seems as though there is a possibility that a move happens. Notably, the Knicks have also been looking to make other moves, such as trading Kemba Walker.
The New York Knicks have faltered this year and are 12th in the Eastern Conference after being a playoff team last year. Hopefully, some changes will be made in the future, and perhaps a Mitchell Robinson trade will be the first domino to fall.