Two days before the Knicks were set to open the season against the Celtics, New York and Immanuel Quickley didn’t agree to an extension. The 24-year-old guard is coming off a career year and will enter restricted free agency next summer, and the Knicks will have the chance to match any offer he gets.
Since Media Day, Quickley’s said several times that he won’t let extension talks affect how he plays this season. Considering he was one of the Knicks’ best players on the floor on Wednesday, he lived up to the hype in the first game of his fourth season.
Quickley finished with a team-high 24 points (as did RJ Barrett) to go with six rebounds and four assists in 28 minutes. He shot 7-of-11 from the field and 5-of-7 from three. On a night where Jalen Brunson struggled offensively, IQ stepped in and impacted the game on both ends of the court.
Immanuel Quickley isn’t letting failed extension talks affect his play negatively
On Tuesday after practice, Immanuel Quickley was asked about not signing an extension, and he said he’d already put it in the past.
"“The extension talks are over, I’m just focused on the season,” he said. “The Lord has his plan and we’re just going to stick with that. I know my value, I know who I am and I’m just going to continue to keep getting better.”"
New York took a risk by not re-signing Quickley because there’s a good chance he’ll up his value this season and put the front office in a challenging position if a team with cap space makes him an offer the Knicks deem too high to match. Or maybe New York will opt to trade him before he hits restricted free agency.
All of that’s out of Quickley’s control. What he’s focused on is the remaining 81 regular season games and making a statement each time he’s on the court. His first game of 2023-24 was a success, and we’re willing to bet that although he’ll have off nights, he’ll make another leap this season.