BREAKING NEWS: Oklahoma City Thunder Are Projected to Land Knicks Most Experience Sensational Star

While the New York Knicks prepare for a playoff push, center Isaiah Hartenstein could be on his way out this offseason. Hartenstein is a free agent this offseason, and after taking on a larger role due to Mitchell Robinson’s injury, he should be in high demand. The Oklahoma City Thunder are one team to keep an eye on among prospective landing locations.

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Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report posted his early offseason predictions, which included Hartenstein joining the Thunder.

“Injuries have allowed Hartenstein to start 30 games for the Knicks this season. He rebounds effectively, blocks shots, shoots 60.4 percent from the field, and won’t turn 26 until May. He’s a legitimate 7-footer who can play behind Holmgren off the bench or beside him in the lineup.

“Hartenstein is making $9.2 million. The Thunder could have up to $27 million in cap space, but a $15 million beginning contract should be enough to entice Hartenstein away from the Knicks.

Hartenstein would most likely come off the bench, as that is where he has spent the majority of his professional career.

What Would Hartenstein Bring to the Thunder?

This season has demonstrated that the Oklahoma City Thunder are the NBA’s next big thing. Chet Holmgren’s performance after missing his debut season due to injury confirmed that this may be a dynasty. At the very least, the Thunder should be among the favorites to win the championship in the near future.

While Holmgren has played well and can guard the rim well, the Thunder’s lack of size can be detrimental at times. Adding the New York Knicks center would offer them another player to rely on off the bench, as he can provide size, rebounding, and defense.

Pincus explained why he’s a good fit for the Thunder.

“Chet Holmgren may not have won the Rookie of the Year title, but finishing second to Victor Wembanyama is a remarkable feat. As supporters implore the Thunder to go all-in on trades and/or free agency, the front staff has quietly developed one of the Western Conference’s best teams.

“The group’s postseason performance will determine its destiny, but the biggest problem looks to be size up front. The Thunder may not be looking for a starter in free agency, but Isaiah Hartenstein (No. 20 on our free-agent big board) could be an ideal addition.”

Knicks Injuries Are Hurting Them in Free Agency

Losing Julius Randle, Jalen Brunson, OG Anunoby, and Robinson to injury this season affected the New York Knicks immediately, forcing them to rely on other players, and their record dropped as a result.

However, the injuries have allowed many Knicks role players, such as Hartenstein, to receive more playing time. The 25-year-old took advantage of his opportunity and is now poised to enter the open market at the peak of his career.

If it hadn’t been for the Knicks’ injuries, Hartenstein would have continued to play a limited role, making him a potential re-signing candidate in the offseason.

Instead, he was given a larger role, and teams such as the Oklahoma City Thunder saw how talented he truly is.

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