New York Knicks fans are eagerly awaiting the start of the new season. The countdown is on for the opener against the Celtics, but there’s something else the fan base is waiting for, too.
Immanuel Quickley has been eligible to sign an extension since July 1, but no substantial talks have been reported. That isn’t unusual for a late first-round pick, and as SNY’s Ian Begley predicted, extension conversations will start to pick up closer to the start of training camp, which will begin on Oct. 3.
The guard reportedly wants a nine-figure extension, a desire that’s made some Knicks fans wonder if the team should offer that much. Quickley and New York have until Oct. 24 to agree on an extension, and if that doesn’t happen, he’ll enter restricted free agency next summer.
Given his leap this past season, several teams would contact the Knicks about a trade if IQ doesn’t sign a new deal.
B/R predicts Knicks’ Immanuel Quickley will sign extension similar to Derrick White
Bleacher Report’s Eric Pincus wrote a piece predicting the 2020 NBA Draft class extensions. Regarding Immanuel Quickley and the Knicks, Pincus guessed the organization would take a “conservative approach,” resulting in the guard becoming a restricted free agent.
However, if he does sign one, Pincus believes it’ll be similar to the four-year, $73 million extension Derrick White, who is now with the Celtics, signed with the Spurs in 2020. Here’s a look at White’s rookie-scale extension breakdown:
- 2021-22: $15.2 million
- 2022-23: $16.4 million
- 2023-24: $17.6 million
- 2024-25: $18.8 million
In 2019-20, White averaged 11.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game, shooting 45.8% from the field and 36.6% from deep across 68 contests (20 starts).
Quickley averaged 14.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game, shooting 44.8% from the floor and 37% from three across 81 games (21 starts).
If IQ does sign an extension, it’s predicted to be anywhere in the four-year, $80-$100 million range. Given he’s reportedly lobbying for a number in the higher part of that range, it’ll be intriguing to learn what the front office decides.
Dare we say, will 2023-24 be Immanuel Quickley’s final year as a Knick? If fans had their way, he’d stay in NYC long-term.