One of the questions sitting at the forefront of New York Knicks fans’ minds is whether Immanuel Quickley will sign an extension before the 2023-24 season starts. Time is ticking, as the deadline for him to do so is Oct. 23.
Training camp begins in less than a week, so talks between the two sides could heat up soon. There’s been a lot reported about a possible Quickley extension, including that he reportedly wants up to nine figures.
The 24-year-old is not only one of the team’s best bench players, but he’s wormed his way into being regarded as one of the top players on the team. Quickley excelled in his role this past season, which ended with him coming in at No. 2 in the Sixth Man of the Year voting.
His consistency faltered in the playoffs, where he took quite the stumble, but that shouldn’t have changed how the organization views him. Fans will get a good sense of where Quickley and the Knicks stand in the coming weeks as increased attention will be directed toward his extension situation.
Knicks beat reporter says there’s “optimism” about Immanuel Quickley extension
The Athletic’s Fred Katz, who covers the Knicks, discussed preseason headlines (subscription required), including the chances of an Immanuel Quickley extension happening. The sentence that should stick out the most to fans is:
"Based on conversations I’ve had with people in the know, there is optimism that a deal can get done."
Of course, that doesn’t mean a deal will get done, but it’s an encouraging update with a month left until opening night.
Quickley could enter 2023-24 with a chip on his shoulder if New York doesn’t sign him to an extension because, as Katz noted, doing so would complicate including the guard in a trade for a star. On the other hand, IQ is one of the Knicks’ homegrown talents who’s still far from reaching his full potential.
If most fans had their way, Immanuel Quickley wouldn’t have to worry about restricted free agency next summer.