The New York Knicks are preparing to return to the Lowcountry for training camp for the first time since the 90s. Unlike teams like Philadelphia, New York should have a drama-free preseason, but there are still several storylines Knicks fans should be following.
The NBA might be a professional sports league, but it sometimes seems more like a reality television show. It’s safe to say the juicy storylines will be endless once the season starts. Before we get that far, there are three things New York fans need to monitor as 2023-24 draws closer.
3 Non-New York Knicks storylines fans should be glued to
3: Donovan Mitchell answering questions about not signing an extension
Donovan Mitchell still has time to sign an extension with the Cavaliers before the season starts, but it isn’t a likely outcome. He isn’t eligible for the supermax because he was traded from the Jazz before he logged seven years of service. From that perspective, it makes sense why he hasn’t signed a long-term deal to stay in Cleveland.
However, there has to be more to it than that. It doesn’t help that the Cavaliers are coming off a first-round playoff exit to none other than the Knicks; the team Mitchell thought he would be traded to last summer. He grew up outside of NYC, and many suspect he’d still jump at the opportunity to play for his hometown team at Madison Square Garden.
Mitchell kept it professional when the trade rumors were swirling around him toward the end of the 2021-22 season, his last in Utah. He knows how to handle questions from the media about his future, but still, it’ll be interesting to hear what he says at Media Day about not signing an extension.
He has two full years left on his current contract and three if he exercises his player option for 2025-26. Who knows? Maybe the Donovan Mitchell-Knicks trade rumors aren’t over yet.