New York Knicks sign guard RJ Barrett to four-year, $120 million contract extension


New York Knicks sign guard RJ Barrett to an extension for four years and worth up to $120 million… further complicating any potential trades in the future

  • Barrett becomes the first Knicks draft pick to ink a multi year deal since 1999
  • The Duke product and 3rd overall pick in 2019 averaged 20 PPG last season
  • This deal makes it harder for the Knicks to go after Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell 

The New York Knicks are locking down their future by agreeing to an extension with guard RJ Barrett.

According to Barrett’s agent, the extension will keep the young star in New York for the next four years and is worth up to $120 million.

Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, this makes Barrett the youngest player in Knicks history to have signed a contract over $100m.

Woj’s report also says there is a ‘Poison Pill’ provision in Barrett’s new extension.

The New York Knicks are keeping star guard RJ Barrett, signing him to a 4-year $120m deal

Barrett (right) was rumored to be included in a deal for Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (left)

Barrett (right) was rumored to be included in a deal for Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (left)

This all but certainly prevents the Knicks from making a deal for any big stars in the league, after being in the mix to trade for Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell.

The Jazz rejected multiple offers for Mitchell, including one that reportedly would have given them guard Evan Fournier, forward Obi Toppin, five first-round picks, and cash considerations.

Knicks president of basketball operations Leon Rose set a deadline of Monday night for Utah to reach an agreement for Mitchell. If no agreement was reached, the Barrett extension would be signed.

The extension breaks a weird streak for the Knicks as Barrett becomes the first draft pick to agree to a multi-year contract extension since Charlie Ward in 1999.

Barrett was drafted out of Duke with the no. 3 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

Last season, he averaged 20 points, 3 assists, and 5.8 rebounds per game.  

Barrett has been a budding star in New York, averaging 20 points per game last season

Barrett has been a budding star in New York, averaging 20 points per game last season

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