Report: Mitchell Robinson fires agent over pre-draft process

According to league sources, Mitchell Robinson, the Knicks’ 20-year-old project center who dazzled the Las Vegas summer league, has made an agent change already.

Sources indicate Robinson, a Chalmette, La. product, has moved on from agent Raymond Brothers and has inked John Spencer, who also reps Lance Thomas. Spencer is a former Knicks scout under Ernie Grunfeld […]

According to sources, those closest to Robinson thought he had a better shot at becoming a late first-round pick — with more guaranteed money — if the pre-draft process was conducted smoother and smarter.

The day before the Draft Combine, Robinson’s reps decided to pull him out. Robinson, according to sources, believed that was a mistake.

“He had trained two months just for the combine and he was ready for it,’’ one source said.

via Marc Berman, New York Post

Mitchell Robinson on training with Anthony Davis

After dropping out of Western Kentucky, as the story goes, Mitchell Robinson spent every day training for the NBA, even having a session with Pelicans center Anthony Davis.

“Was an everyday thing,’’ Mitchell said. “No days off. Only days off was Sunday. That’s church day, but we just grinded every day. I picked [Davis’] brain. He’s been in the league for a while now, showed me a lot of things, ins and outs.”

via Marc Berman, New York Post

Knicks nearly traded up to draft Mitchell Robinson, lock him in on multi-year deal

The Knicks were so worried rookie Mitchell Robinson wasn’t going to drop to No. 36 in the second round that they mulled trading up a few notches to ensure they’d be able to nab him, according to an NBA source.

That’s how highly Knicks scouts had rated the 20-year-old center. Knicks general manager Scott Perry is on record saying he was the most athletic big man coming out of the 2017 high-school class.

On Sunday, after his successful summer-league debut, the Knicks announced they signed Robinson to a multi-year contract. According to a source, the deal is for three years at $4.8 million, but the third year is not fully guaranteed. The package also includes a fourth-year team option.

via Marc Berman, New York Post

Knicks sign Mitchell Robinson to multi-year agreement

The Knicks and second-round pick Mitchell Robinson are finalizing a multi-year agreement that’s expected to include team options, per ESPN sources. Robinson, the No. 36 overall pick, impresses with his athleticism in his Summer League debut with 9 points, 8 rebounds and four blocks. The center didn’t play college basketball last season after reportedly committing to Western Kentucky. He said he instead decided to take the year to work out and prepare for the NBA. The Knicks have been impressed with his comfort level and aggressive nature thus far in Summer League workouts and the win over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday. His contract is expected to be at least three seasons. It’s unclear if the Knicks will use the $2.1 million remaining in the mid level exception to sign Robinson.

via Ian Begley, ESPN

Fizdale hints at some interesting lineup combinations for Kristaps Porzingis

Q: What can Porzingis bring if he’s playing at the 5?

Fizdale: “As a center, it’s just Anthony Davis, you name him, he’s that. It’s dynamic guy who he can outrun everybody but you can’t put a small on him. You put somebody too big on him, he can pull him away from the rim. Defensively, he can guard everybody. It’s a luxury for me to have a guy that I can move around at different positions.

“At the same time I might do that, I might play him at what you call a small forward and go him, Luke, and Mitch and put a whole bunch of wingspan with Kevin at 2. And see how teams deal with that at the rim and with our length. I can’t lock him into nothing. I see a lot of places I can use him to be dynamic for us.”

via Mike Vorkunov, The Athletic

The things the Knicks are working on with Mitchell Robinson

“We’re going to be working on jump hooks, post-up game, we’re going to always build that kind of incrementally,” Fizdale said. “But how can we get him a confidence that, ‘I can go play in the NBA game right now because I can hang my hat on this.’ Right now it’s his athleticism. Getting him to run the floor every time.

“Getting him to screen at the right angle and to get to the rim with speed every single time. Getting him to be in a stance on every pick-and-roll. Being able to switch on that pick-and-roll and protect the rim. Those little areas, can we make him great at that? And then jump hook, 15-footer, all of that stuff will be built behind that.”

via Marc Berman, New York Post

Fizdale impressed with Mitchell Robinson already

After two days of summer-league practice, David Fizdale is more impressed with [Mitchell Robinson‘s] sharpness.

“You would’ve thought he was playing the whole time,” Fizdale said. “That’s how solid he’s been.

“No, I have not seen rust. As crazy as it is. I was just talking to [player developmental director] Craig Robinson about it. I was going to think this kid’s timing would be off or there would be a lot of stuff we have to stop for him and teach. Kid’s got pretty good feel for the game. He’s in great shape. And athletically, he’s a freak. He’s in the one percentile of high flyers and runners. There’s just not many guys who are that athletic.”

via Marc Berman, New York Post

Out of college basketball, Mitchell Robinson worked out with Anthony Davis and his trainer

Mitchell Robinson had already lived an itinerant life. He attended three high schools and moved back and forth between Florida and Louisiana for a spell. He can be standoffish at first and shy, Marcell Scott [his trainer] says, but he has built a relationship with him going back to 11th grade. When they started working out together again this past season, he didn’t bother to ask what had transpired at Western Kentucky.

Instead, they focused on basketball and Scott says he saw steady growth. His understanding of the sport improved. Robinson had been arriving late to the gym when they first started working together, and now he arrives early.

Scott gave Robinson the same workouts the trainer used with Anthony Davis, another client, training the near 7-footer like a guard, and then had the two work together. To approximate the length Robinson would face in the NBA, Davis guarded him, blocking his shots and making him use pump fakes and dribble pull-ups.

via Mike Vorkunov, The Athletic

Knicks first Summer League practice is Tuesday

On Tuesday in Las Vegas, the Knicks will gather for their first summer league practice with five players who will be on their main roster — Frank Ntilikina, Damyean Dotson, Kevin Knox, second-round pick and center Mitchell Robinson and second-year center Luke Kornet, who signed a one-year, $1.6 million deal Sunday.

The Knicks are allotted a pair of two-way G-League contracts, for which Allonzo Trier, the undrafted Arizona shooting guard, and power forward Isaiah Hicks are the favorites. Hicks was on a two-way deal last season. Both are on the summer league team that opens play Saturday vs. Atlanta and rookie point guard Trae Young.

via Marc Berman, New York Post

Knicks have offer on table for Hezonja … Mills/Perry/Fizdale talked to Tolliver … Could use portion of MLE on Robinson

The Knicks have an offer on the table for 6-foot-8 Orlando swingman Mario Hezonja for a portion of the $8.6 million, midlevel exception on a one-year deal, according to an NBA source.

The sharpshooting Hezonja was seeking a multi-year deal, but if he settles, the Knicks’ Michael Beasley era would be over.

The Knicks still are keeping tabs on veteran power forward Anthony Tolliver as president Steve Mills, GM Scott Perry and coach David Fizdale all have talked to him since free agency began, Sunday at midnight, according to a source. Tolliver, too, is looking for multiple years and has a handful of suitors, including Dallas.

The Knicks want to use part of their midlevel exception also to sign project center Mitchell Robinson, their second-round pick. In going over the minimum rookie salary for Robinson, the Knicks would be able to do just a one-year deal with him to preserve 2019 cap space for a superstar.

via Marc Berman, New York Post

Kanter likes Mitchell Robinson’s game, will announce player option decision via social media

Enes Kanter said he wouldn’t mind being a mentor to new Knicks rookie center Mitchell Robinson, who was drafted Thursday in the second round with the 36th pick […]

“I watched videos [of Robinson],” Kanter told The Post of the 7-foot project. “He’s athletic. He’s going to be really good for us. He can bring a lot of energy and have an effect on the defensive end and he’s just going to get better on offense.”

Kanter, according to a source, is expected to announce his decision Friday on social media, where he is extremely active.

via Marc Berman, New York Post

Mitchell Robinson IN for Summer League, Luke Kornet’s status uncertain

If another club gives [Luke Kornet] an offer for the regular minimum contract for a second-year player ($1.2M), there could be a chance the Knicks don’t match it, pending Mitchell Robinson’s summer-league performance.

According to a source, there will be a handful of clubs with a passing interest. The stickiest part is Kornet, a new-age outside-shooting 3-point shooter who played 20 games, [so Kornet] may not play Knicks summer league because of the uncertainty.

via Marc Berman, New York Post

Knicks have been tracking Mitchell Robinson since high school, acquainted with agent and trainer

The Knicks were among the teams who did their due diligence on Mitchell Robinson. General manager Scott Perry had watched him play on the high school all-star game circuit in 2017 — the last time Robinson played in an organized game. Perry also had a pre-existing relationship with Robinson’s trainer, and he and team president Steve Mills were longtime friends with Raymond Brothers, Robinson’s agent.

Sometime this spring, they brought him in for a visit, trying to assuage their concerns over dinner and learn more about the 20-year-old center.

via Mike Vorkunov, The Athletic

Insight from Mitchell Robinson’s high school coach

Butch Stockton: “The biggest thing is the stamina part because he hasn’t played in a while,’’ Stockton said. “The second thing is fitting into a system. What do you actually want me to do? Any time you lay off and (are) not playing competitive basketball it’s going to hurt you before you get back in that groove. I don’t think he’ll be real rusty once the games start and he gets that drive going.”

Robinson had no use being a student-athlete any longer after high school. And judging by his curt answers at Friday’s event, he won’t be the life of the locker room or a media darling.

“He’s a very shy, quiet person,’’ Stockton said. “[A press conference] is a lot different for him. You take a year off, college players had interviews throughout the whole season.”

via Marc Berman, New York Knicks

Mitchell Robinson and Kevin Knox will join “Fiz Kids” in summer workouts with Fizdale

Even the Knicks never worked out Mitchell Robinson, who will start training with coach David Fizdale at the Knicks’ Tarrytown headquarters. Robinson will join other “Fiz Kids” — Frank Ntilikina, Damyean Dotson, Kevin Knox, Emmanuel Mudiay and Troy Williams, Isaiah Hicks and Luke Kornet.

via Marc Berman, New York Post

Mitchell Robinson’s spot on Knicks roster vs G-League could depend on Summer League

Scott Perry said Mitchell Robinson’s choices underscore his love of basketball. Perry became convinced he was a good character person after their interview. While he sounds like a perfect G-League candidate, Perry said not if he proves himself during summer league in Las Vegas in July.

“We flew Mitchell in, spent a day getting to know him, talking through dinner, talking about his journey what was important to him, what was challenging to him,” Perry said. “We knew just athletically his commitment to being a great basketball player, his desire to grow as a person and a player, he was somebody special.”

via Marc Berman, New York Post