Thursday , Oct , 23 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Knicks Won’t Extend David Lee

Knicks Won't Extend David LeeA fan favorite and consistently one of the most productive players on the roster, David Lee would seem to be the perfect candidate for a contract extension.  Evidently someone in the front office thought otherwise, however, as today’s report from the New York Post claims that the Knicks won’t be giving him an extension this month.

"I don’t anticipate getting something done," Bartlestein said. "As it stands, I don’t think it will happen. Donnie is still in the evaluation process with this team. I think he understands David has great value in the league, but is cautious to make a long-term commitment before he gets a feeling what direction his team is going."

Walsh did not dispute Bartlestein’s remarks, but said he didn’t want to make it official until Oct 31. But it’s clear negotiations are over after hearing Bartlestein’s asking price.

"I don’t want to make a flat statement, but I don’t think we’re at a point I can say we’re going to extend him," Walsh said. – New York Post

Why could the Knicks be reticent to extend David Lee?  Is he looking for more money than they’re willing to pay or are they planning to trade him at some point?  Let us know what you think is going on in MSG by posting a message in the comment section.