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Jalen Brunson, Mitchell Robinson and Isaiah Hartenstein have officially signed their contracts

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A slew of business was conducted at the Knickerbocker offices on Tuesday, with two players added to the roster and a giant jester re-signed.

The point guard situation at Madison Square Garden has long been murky, with brief glimmers of hope in the late Kemba Walker, Immanuel Quickley’s rising play and Derrick Rose’s excellent reserve play.

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Yesterday, however, the New York Knicks officially signed free agent Jalen Brunson and clarified who would start at prime guard in Manhattan for the foreseeable future.

The 25-year-old, 6’1″, 190 lb. Brunson averaged 16.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists on 50 percent shooting last season with the Dallas Mavericks. He is a superb general on the ground, has a great mid-range game and made 37% from beyond the arc on 3.2 attempts.And now he’s a Knick!

According to sources, the $104 million over four years has a player option for the final year.

Jalen tasted fame as the best college player who won two national championships with Villanova (2016, 2018). If you haven’t checked out the awards section of his college basketball reference page, go check it out. It’s a Knick!

With Dallas, Brunson lived in the shadow of Luka Dončić but proved last season that he could shine with or without the Slovenian scholar. Last season, in 17 games without Luka, Jalen averaged 20.4 points, 3.9 boards and 7.5 cents in 34 minutes per game. And now a Knick!

During the playoffs, Jalen, often praised for his composure, shone even brighter. In 18 postseason games, he averaged 21.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists in just under 35 minutes per game. In a playoff game against the Jazz, he recorded a career-high 41 points to bounce Utah out of the tournament and send their organization into a spiral of dark self-reflection. And he’s officially a Knickerbocker!

Brunson’s contract wasn’t the only document filed yesterday, of course. Heading into the offseason, many wondered if the Knicks would keep their wild stallion center, Louisiana’s Mitchell Robinson. The Blockness Monster was an in-demand free agent, catching the eye of league teams. In the end, New York shelled out the money to keep their top five players.

Fred Katz of The Athletic tweeted the terms of the four-year, $60 million deal.

Last season, Mr. Lobinson played in a career-high 72 games and averaged 8.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks. He shot 76% from the field and had a player efficiency rating of 20.7. He is the franchise’s all-time field goal percentage leader with 72.2%.

While it’s fair to call Mitch offensively limited, he’s a bouncy beast that offers exactly the kind of rim protection coach Tom Thibodeau craves. Team President Leon Rose said of Robinson in a team statement: “He is our defensive anchor, our rim protector and someone our organization has seen grow tremendously on and off the court. field over the past four seasons.”

Mitch is also wickedly funny and livens up any press conference or backyard barbecue with his wild witticisms, though his booking cost surely went up after that signing.

Tuesday’s last deal (as far as I know) was backup center Isaiah Hartenstein (7’0″, 250 lbs). Last year with the Los Angeles Clippers, the 24-year-old averaged 8 .3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists and shot 63% from the floor He also has the potential to add floor spacing – he took just 30 threes last season , but he cashed 47%.

According to our man Katz, Isaiah has signed a guaranteed two-year, $16 million contract. Here, Fred outlines the conditions, along with incentives that can total $1.05:

Leon Rose said: “We are very pleased to welcome Isaiah Hartenstein to the Knicks family…. He’s a versatile big man who impacts the game on both sides of the pitch and plays with infectious passion and energy.

Originally from Eugene, OR, Hartenstein lived for a time in Germany, where his father played ball. At Clips Nation, Justin Russo looked contrite at the big man’s departure.

One thing is certain: Clippers players loved playing with Isaiah Hartenstein. Throughout the season, every player praised Hartenstein’s basketball IQ and his ability to read the game, making their life on the court easier. Without Hartenstein, the Clippers will have a bit of a hole to fill in the backup center. Maybe that spot goes to Moses Brown. Only time will tell.

I leave you with this image of the Dark Lord consulting young Isaiah in Las Vegas this week. Congratulations to the signatories! We don’t see you on the field!

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