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Josh Hart to decline option; Top 5 free agency landing spots

Josh Hart to decline option; Top 5 free agency landing spots
New York Knicks guard Josh Hart (3) brings the ball up court against the Miami Heat. (Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK (BVM) – Josh Hart spoke with Taylor Rooks and announced he will likely decline his $13 million player option with the New York Knicks this summer. The 28-year-old will enter free agency once the offseason begins.

“We’ll probably decline (the option) and do the free agency time,” Hart said. “My first free agency, I was restricted, and it was ass. I kind of actually cried a little bit. It took like three weeks to get it done. I was like ‘Damn, do people want me in the league?’”

This time it will be very different for the New York Knicks wing. Hart became a key piece for the Knicks after New York traded for him before the trade deadline this season. The 6-foot-5 small forward joined former Villanova teammate Jalen Brunson and helped the Knicks reach the second round of the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2013. 

Hart averaged 10.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.4 steals while shooting 51.9% from three off the bench during his 25 regular season games with the Knicks. In the playoffs, Hart put up similar numbers, including a 19point performance in Game 4 of the Knicksfirstround matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

NBA experts project that the six-year veteran will be looking for a contract that pays anywhere from $15-$18 million a year, a nice pay increase from the $13 million he was going to make for the upcoming season. 

Hart has become a well respected role player in the league and with the Knicks, he showed how much of an asset he can be for a team with playoff aspirations. 

Here are the top five landing spots for Hart in NBA free agency.