NBA Rumors: OG Anunoby Expected to Decline $20M Knicks Contract Option in Free Agency

OG Anunoby Knicks Contract

OG Anunoby of the New York Knicks is set to decline his $20 million player option for the 2024-25 season, opting for free agency this summer, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Post. This move has been anticipated for months, with the Knicks aware they’d likely need to offer a significant contract after acquiring him from the Toronto Raptors. Fred Katz of The Athletic reports Anunoby’s market value could reach $35-40 million annually.

Despite averaging 14.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game, Anunoby’s true value lies in his exceptional perimeter defense. Known for his ability to guard multiple positions, he fits well with coach Tom Thibodeau’s defensive strategy. The Knicks’ defensive struggles in their second-round series against the Indiana Pacers, partly due to Anunoby’s hamstring injury, highlighted his importance.

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Anunoby’s potential new salary could make him the highest-paid player on the team, surpassing All-Stars Jalen Brunson ($25 million) and Julius Randle ($30.3 million). With both eligible for extensions, the Knicks face a challenge in balancing their payroll if Anunoby’s deal approaches $40 million annually.

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