The Knicks and Josh Hart agree on a four-year, $81 Million contract extension as New York continues to become a Villanova haven.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, New York Knicks guard Josh Hart is finalizing a four-year, $81 million contract extension to return to the Knicks.

Hart, who is currently with Team USA competing in the FIBA Basketball World Cup, will have job security with the team through the 2027-28 season and a total of $98 million over that span according to reports.

The guard came to New York midway through their season last year via the Portland Trailblazers in a trade that sent a 2023 first-round pick, Cam Reddish, Svi Mykhailiuk, and Ryan Arcidiacono to the West Coast. Hart immediately injected an energy into the team that was sorely needed, and the Knicks went on to win nine games in a row after acquiring him. The former Villanova Wildcat also joined forces with his former championship teammate Jalen Brunson, and both were thrilled at the prospect of teaming up yet again to try and make greatness happen on this Knicks team.

Hart averaged 10.2 points per game along with seven rebounds and 3.6 assists on 58.6 percent shooting in the 25 regular season games he played for the Knicks, providing a much-needed boost on both ends of the floor for New York’s bench. In the postseason, though, Hart certainly struggled as he shot just 47.9 percent from the floor and only 31.9 percent from three-point range. He hesitated with his deep shots often in the second round in a time when his aggression on offense was sorely needed. However, he now gets to redeem himself for several years as the Knicks are on track to lock in their core for numerous postseason runs in the future.

Hart is one of the last dominos to fall for the Knicks as it pertains to them getting extensions done, with only Immanuel Quickley remaining as a player to watch to get a deal done with the team ahead of training camp and the beginning of preseason competition.

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