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Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis Not Expected to Receive Extension Before Deadline

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The New York Knicks are not expected to give Kristaps Porzingis a contract extension before the end of Monday’s deadline, which will make the budding franchise player a restricted free agent next summer, according to ESPN’s Ian Begley.

Porzingis’ season-ending torn ACL and a desire to create as much cap flexibility so they can be major players in next summer’s free agency appear to be the main factors in the team coming to this decision.

 

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Bucks’ Brook Lopez Breaks Single-Season Record for 3-Pointers by a Center

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Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez has made history.

Lopez passed former NBA big man Channing Frye on Sunday, setting a new single-season record for three-pointers made in a season by a center.

Lopez drained four triples in the Bucks’ victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers to reach 176 triples on the season, passing Frye’s mark set back in the 2009-2010 season with the Phoenix Suns.

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Knicks’ David Fizdale Praises Mitchell Robinson’s Shot-Blocking Ability

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New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale has been impressed with the shot blocking technique of rookie center Mitchell Robinson, who is averaging an impressive 2.43 blocks per game this season.

“Some of that is just natural,” Fizdale said, according to Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic. “The timing and all of that stuff, that’s natural stuff. He walked in here with timing everything. The fact that he naturally already just instinctually says, ‘oh left hand block versus the right hand block because it’s the right hand to use.’ Those are things that you can teach some of that stuff but man, he walked in the door with a lot of that. The biggest thing with him was understanding what was going on around him and how fast the action was coming at him. And over the course of the year, it seems like that he’s adjusted to that really well.”

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Magic Sign Michael Carter-Williams to Second 10-Day Deal

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The Orlando Magic are signing veteran point guard Michael Carter-Williams to a second 10-day contract following the expiration of his initial 10-day contract with the team on Sunday.

According to an official team announcement, Carter-Williams, 27, has officially inked his new deal with the team

Carter-Williams played well throughout the duration of his first deal with the team, posting 3.0 ppg, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game.

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