Josh Hart has only been with the New York Knicks for a few months but he is clearly a good fit.
Playing alongside his old Villanova peer Jalen Brunson, Hart has averaged 10.2 points and 7 rebounds per game.
When the season came to an end, it seemed likely that the Knicks would work hard to keep him around.
Adrian Wojnarowski is now reporting that the Knicks and Hart are finalizing a four-year, $81 million contract extension.
On top of what he’s already signed to, this deal will bring Hart $94 million through the 2027-28 season.
New York Knicks G Josh Hart is finalizing a four-year, $81 million contract extension, Aaron Mintz, Dave Spahn and Steven Heumann of @CAA_Basketball tell ESPN. Deal delivers Hart a total of $94M through 2027-2028 season. pic.twitter.com/PNlhKWka4g
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 9, 2023
Hart shot 58.6% from the field and 51.9% from the three-point line during the 25 games he spent with the Knicks.
He came to New York from Portland at the trade deadline and was seen as key to spacing the floor, giving Brunson more support, and defending the perimeter.
He is known not only as a versatile defender but also a great finisher at the rim too.
Now Hart will be sticking around in New York for several more years to show off those skills.
Brunson has quickly become the focal point of the Knicks’ offense and others – such as Julius Randle, Immanuel Quickley, and now Hart – are positioned to work well around him.
The recent addition of Donte DiVincenzo could also help Brunson and the team.
The Knicks are Hart’s fourth team in the NBA since joining six years ago.
But based on the latest news, this could be the team that he sticks with for the longest amount of time.
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