3 Backup centers the Knicks could add after devastating Mitchell Robinson injury

New York Knicks, Mitchell Robinson
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1. Andre Drummond

Andre Drummond seems to be the most popular option out there. The 30-year-old is in the final season of a two-year deal he signed with the Bulls and is making $3.4 million. If the Knicks are granted a Disabled Player Exception, they could use it to acquire Drummond, a player they've shown interest in before.

Through 29 games, Drummond is averaging 6.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per game (higher than Isaiah Hartenstein's average) in 13.3 minutes. He wouldn't match Mitchell Robinson's production on the glass (no available players will), but he'd be a good substitute off the bench.

It wouldn't be difficult for New York to trade for Drummond, and it would likely be one of many trades Chicago will make between now and the deadline.

It's a bonus that Drummond was born in Mount Vernon, N.Y., an area he lived in until he and his family moved to Connecticut when he was seven. He spent the second half of the 2021-22 season with the Nets, where he averaged 11.8 points and 10.8 rebounds in 24 games. Drummond could come back home once again, but this time to play with the best team in the city.