The Knicks are expected to lose center to the Western Conference contender

As the New York Knicks prepare for their playoff run, center Isaiah Hartenstein may be on his way out in the offseason. Hartenstein is a free agent this offseason and after stepping into a bigger role with Mitchell Robinson’s injury, he should be sought after on the market. Among potential landing spots, the Oklahoma City Thunder are a team to watch out for.

Bleacher Report’s Eric Pincus released his first predictions for this offseason, linking Hartenstein to the Thunder.

“Injuries gave Hartenstein the opportunity to start 30 games for the Knicks this season. He rebounds well, blocks shots, shoots 60.4% from the field and doesn’t turn 26 until May. He is a true 7-footer who could play behind Holmgren off the bench or alongside him in the rotation.

“Hartenstein earns $9.2 million. The Thunder could have as much as $27 million in cap space, but a starting salary of $15 million should be enough to pry Hartenstein away from the Knicks.

Hartenstein would likely play off the bench, but that’s the role he’s accustomed to playing for most of his career.