The Knicks make a tough decision on a key backup center as the offseason approaches

The New York Knicks want to keep starting center Isaiah Hartenstein so badly that it may have clouded their judgment on his backup.

Stefan Bondy of the New York Post revealed that the Knicks did not make a qualifying offer to Precious Achiuwa, scheduling him as a free agent this summer:

“Precious Achiuwa, who was a capable replacement for a frontcourt injury last season, did not receive a qualifying offer from the Knicks by Saturday’s deadline, a source confirmed,” Bondy wrote.

“The move does not completely rule out Achiuwa’s re-signing in the summer, but the Knicks have waived their pairing rights.”