Could the Knicks look to the Bucks’ veteran center as Hartenstein’s replacement?

The Knicks are actively searching the trade market for an addition to Isaiah Hartenstein , aiming to pair any potential center with Mitchell Robinson. While Robinson is hailed as one of the best big defenders when he is on the field, his availability remains volatile. Having played more than 70 games just once in his career, the Knicks cannot rely on him as a consistent option, needing a starting-caliber player to help mitigate the likelihood of injuries.

The Knicks have been linked to various top-tier players, including Walker Kessler, Nick Richards and Jalen Duren. However, there may be an avenue for management to explore acquiring Brook Lopez from the Milwaukee Bucks .

According to Bucks insider Gery Woelfel, Lopez could be on the move and the Knicks could be a logical destination if they can open up enough cap space. The 36-year-old veteran is set to make $23 million this upcoming season against the salary cap, a sizable sum but still $6 million less per season than what Hartenstein secured from the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“Sources say the Bucks are still very open to trading veteran Brook Lopez, but the Bucks’ asking price for a first-round draft pick for a 36-year-old center on a $23 million contract is too high,” Woelfel tweeted.

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