Knicks’ Isaiah Hartenstein hopes to sign an extension this offseason

In what is a contract year for New York Knicks center Isaiah Hartenstein, it has also been a career year for him, as he has thrived in his starting role in recent months.

This season, Hartenstein averaged 8.3 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 1.2 steals per game, and filled in well during Mitchell Robinson’s absence with an ankle injury. His efforts have made him one of the most sought after players on the transfer market this summer.

As his impending free agency gets closer by the day, HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto asked him about his mindset heading into a big offseason.

“I’m focused on what I’m doing right now. I know I put myself in a great position to get a little upgrade,” Hartenstein said. “Right now I’m focused on the Knicks. I like it here and hopefully we’ll find a solution, but at the end of the day, business is business.

When asked if he would re-sign with New York if other teams matched the Knicks’ offer, he said he would return to the Big Apple.

As previously mentioned, Hartenstein is having the most impactful season of his seven-year career. His ability to stretch the floor with passes and use of floaters inside the box made him a perfect fit for the Knicks’ center position.