Knicks Signing Young Star To Massive Extension

The New York Knicks are doing something they haven't done in well over 20 years: locking up their own lottery pick with a long-term rookie extension. 

According to NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski the Knicks are finalizing a 4-year extension for RJ Barrett—the No. 3 pick in the 2019 Draft—that could be worth up to $120M.

It's the Knicks' first long-term extension with a first-round pick since Charlie Ward in 1999.

While this is all certainly great news for the Knicks, it also throws a wrench into their Donovan Mitchell trade talks. It could, in fact, put the whole conversation in jeopardy. The Jazz are known to have "greatly valued" Barrett.

 “A deal without [RJ Barrett] would require the Knicks to relinquish far more draft assets than they've shown a willingness to do, sources said," according to Woj.

He also notes that Knicks' president Leon Rose had set a Monday night deadline for the Jazz to agree to a deal, or he'd be signing Barrett to the extension. 

Plenty of intrigue surrounding all of this; we'll be keeping tabs on it all. 

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