Mitchell Robinson Undergoes Foot Surgery

Knicks center Mitchell Robinson underwent surgery on Monday to repair a fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot, the team’s PR department tweets. There’s no timetable for a return this season.

The snakebit young big man was injured on Saturday during the first quarter in Milwaukee when he jumped and then landed awkwardly. Robinson was appearing in his fourth game after missing 15 with a broken right hand. He had a metal plate inserted into the hand to help stabilize it.

The 22-year-old has been limited to 30 games during his third NBA season, averaging 8.5 PPG, 8.4 RPG and 1.5 BPG.

The Knicks have cap room to use on the buyout market, but several big men have already committed to other teams.

Meanwhile, the Knicks hold a $1.8MM team option on Robinson for 2021/22. Picking up that option would put Robinson on track for unrestricted free agency in 2022, while turning it down would make him a restricted free agent this summer.

That’s not a straightforward decision — while exercising the option would lock up Robinson at a bargain price for another year, it would take away the Knicks’ ability to match any offer once he eventually reaches free agency.

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12 thoughts on “Mitchell Robinson Undergoes Foot Surgery

  1. KnickerbockerAl

    Waiting on >>>>>> Whiteside NYK
    Mitch is 22 and still getting better. Just get healthy bro. The real season is next yr. Work on your offense and balance. Get stronger

    • WallyWood

      You mean like Simmons>Russ? It’s difficult to compare since neither of them can shoot. And one of them is great on defense but provides very little scoring while the other is terrible on defense and only cares about stuffing his stat sheet. It sets the bar very low for Ben being better than Westbrick.

  2. dipdab1

    Keep saying next year that’s why all stars are signed we’ll see next year and the next and the next

    • mlbnyyfan

      Picking up Robinson option could be the easiest decision of the off season.

      • Chief Two Hands

        Yeah at that price there is basically no reason to not pick up that option. That’s about as cheap as it gets, and his recent injuries have been freak ones.

    • Previous years of them striking out in free agency were because the team was rudderless and terrible. Now they have a future, some nice young players, and a direction. Further, it seems like Dolan has taken a little bit of a back seat.

      Are they as attractive a destination as the top teams in the East or West? No. They’re not that good yet and lack a real superstar. But they’re getting closer.

      • KnickerbockerAl

        Dolan sitting back has definitely helped. Have to see this rebuild thru. One more draft, just one more.

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