NBA Rumors: Knicks In "Serious" Danger of Losing Hartenstein to Western Power

The New York Knicks created a monster this season when they inserted Isaiah Hartenstein into the starting lineup during the extended absence (again) of center Mitchell Robinson. Hartenstein turned himself into a vital piece of the Knicks lineup, and now, as a free agent, he's due for what some say could be a $100 million offer. 

And according to Stefan Bondy of The New York Post, the Oklahoma City Thunder are the team that could "seriously complicate" the Knicks plans to keep the 7-footer. 

“The Thunder is viewed by NBA sources as the top threat to pry Hartenstein away from the Knicks in free agency…One league source speculated the Thunder would offer a short-term deal (such as two years) with a high salary, providing both sides with long-term flexibility.”  

Hartenstein set career highs averaging 25 minutes per game, and 8.3 rebounds. He added 7.8 points along with 1.2 steals and 1.1 blocked shots. 

The Thunder were a Cinderella surprise team in the regular season, finishing with the top seed in the Western Conference. But their playoff run ended early, largely due to a lack of rebounding. They have "real" interest in Hartenstein to help fill that void, and they have the cap space to make him a huge offer.

As for the Knicks, if that were to happen, they would have to hope that the injury-prone Robinson is able to return to full health and play much more than the 31 games he played this past season (he only played 59 the year before). 

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