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Trade to make Dallas Mavericks title contenders: 4. Mitch Rob sign-and-trade

The Knicks have been one of the league’s most disappointing teams this season, but the Lakers' issues made them a secondary story on the national stage. New York failing to qualify for the play-in tournament will mean roster changes this summer.

Mitchell Robinson is an unrestricted free agent this offseason after never fully blossoming with the Knicks. The 24-year-old’s minutes decreased this season, and he will likely be headed to a new team in free agency. Here is a sign-and-trade that brings him to Dallas.

The Knicks can offer him $12 million per season on an extension, but the two sides have not come to terms. Robinson is headed towards free agency and will be looking for a payday. How much will the seven-footer get on the open market? He seems likely to land a deal in the $12-15 million per season range.

The Knicks are loaded on the wings but will be searching for a big man to replace Robinson. Maxi Kleber offers them a stretch four that can protect the rim and guard on the perimeter with Sterling Brown getting added to make the salaries work. The Knicks also get two second-round picks in 2024 and 2025 for the trouble of facilitating the sign-and-trade.

Mitchell Robinson is a name to watch this summer. The Mavericks have rumored interest, and the young big man would provide the rebounding and rim protection they need to take the next step.