As the New York Knicks continue to delay Mitchell Robinson’s contract extension, naturally, rumors will sprout whether he’ll stay beyond this season or not.

On Tuesday night, a rumor surfaced online that Robinson’s camp is not confident that the up-and-coming center will sign an extension with the Knicks.

Kris Pursiainen of the Knicks Film School and a former Sports Illustrated writer has heard from a source familiar with the situation that this could be Robinson’s last season with the Knicks.

Marcell Scott, Jr., Robinson’s trainer, quickly shut down the rumor.

“100% not true. He [Robinson] loves the direction the Knicks are heading, plus he loves New York,” Scott Jr. told Empire Sports Media. “His new agency and myself (his camp) has absolutely no issues!!!”

Robinson has recently dumped super-agent Rich Paul and joined the Wasserman group, his sixth agency in three years.

The 23-year old center is due for a bargain $1.6 million this season. Robinson has been outplaying his contract.

Robinson appears to enjoy the coaching staff’s faith, particularly head coach Tom Thibodeau after a rough start during the summer. Thibodeau thought Robinson has to grow in two areas– professionalism and discipline.

After starting the preseason on the bench, Robinson has worked his way up to the starting unit.

Thibodeau pivoted to using Robinson more than veteran Nerlens Noel, who started in the preseason. He’s been effusive in his praise ever since, describing his young center as the Knicks’ defensive anchor.

“You guys haven’t seen it yet, but it’s coming,” said Thibodeau talking about Robinson’s rise unprompted after the Knicks’ big win on the road in Indiana last January 3.

In the Knicks’ stunning 7-8 start, Robinson is averaging 8.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 1.8 blocks, and a career-high 30 minutes of playing time. What’s striking is his much-improved discipline on the defensive end.

His shot-blocking rate may be down, but he’s been altering shots and defending the rim with better footwork. He has managed to cut down on his fouls to 2.7 compared to 3.2 and 3.3 in his first two seasons.

The way Thibodeau has talked about Robinson, it’s clear that he’s a big part of the Knicks’ future.

The inevitable would come. Robinson will get paid in his next contract. And that should come next summer.

Follow this writer on Twitter: @alderalmo

This article first appeared on Empire Sports Media and was syndicated with permission.

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