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NBA rumors: The Knicks wanted to avoid renewing RJ Barrett

New York Knicks proudly announced a few days ago the renewal of his player R. J. Barrett on a four-year, $120 million deal. In the official statem


New York Knicks proudly announced a few days ago the renewal of his player R. J. Barrett on a four-year, $120 million deal.

In the official statement, the president of the franchise, Leon Rose, assured the following: “We are delighted to announce a well-deserved extension for Barrett, a central piece of our team’s project.”

However, according to Steve Berman (a journalist for the New York Post), the reality has been very different from how Rose has painted it in her statements.

“The Knicks didn’t want to re-sign RJ Barrett, they didn’t want to pay him,” Berman said. “The preference was to trade him for Donovan Mitchell. If they had gotten Mitchell and kept Barrett on the team, they wouldn’t have given him that extension right away either. They had to do something to make up for the failure in the negotiations.”

a consolation prize

The information from Steve Berman only confirms that the renewal of RJ Barrett has been made as a consolation prize for the transfer of Donovan Mitchell to the Cleveland Cavaliers who are once again one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference.