Backup Knicks big man Bobby Portis said that he does not want to lose one cent of the two-year, $30.75M contract he signed with New York last summer, according to Steve Popper of Newsday.
While Wayne Ellington considers a buyout, Bobby Portis is not: “There ain’t no buyout. I need to make as much money as I can for my family. I’m 24. Not even thinking about no buyout at 24. I’ll probably break a record, being the first guy at 24. That’s not even in the equation."— Steve Popper (@StevePopper) February 9, 2020
The Knicks have a team option on the $15.75M second season of the deal, and with Leon Rose and Scott Perry now calling the shots in Manhattan, the team may not exercise the option, effectively making Portis a free agent in 2020.
Portis’ fellow overpaid Knicks veteran, shooting guard Wayne Ellington, is considering a buyout request from the two-year, $16M contract he signed with New York last summer. Only $1M of Ellington’s $8M salary next season is guaranteed.
Portis is averaging 9.4 points, 5.2 boards, and a minus-2.2 box plus-minus across his 53 games played for New York this season. Chicago drafted the jump-shooting Knicks power forward/center with the No. 22 pick out of Arkansas in 2015, before eventually trading him to the Wizards at the 2019 trade deadline. He was one of several big men to sign with New York last summer.