Josh Hart picks up the player option with the Knicks

Josh Hart is picking up his $12.9 million player option for the 2023/24 season and will return to New York, sources inform The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Hart will now be eligible for a four-year extension worth more than $80 million starting in August.

The 28-year-old was traded to the Knicks by the Trail Blazers in 2022/23 and emerged as a two-way vital piece in a solid 47-35 Eastern Conference playoff club.