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.