Knicks Expect Mitchell Robinson to Be Out for the Season, Apply for DPE

Mitchell Robinson with the New York Knicks in 2018
Mitchell Robinson with the New York Knicks in 2018. Image by Tdorante10/Wikipedia

The New York Knicks reportedly expect their starting center, Mitchell Robinson, to miss the remainder of the 2023-24 NBA season. Robinson underwent surgery on his ankle and was initially set to miss a couple of months.

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Knicks already applied for Disabled Player Exception. In Robinson’s case, DPE is worth $7.8 million, half of his $15.6 million salary for this season.

The league grants DPE to teams that have one or more players out with long-term injuries. The process includes NBA-appointed doctors doing an evaluation on the player who is subject to a DPE request and determining whether the injury will prevent the player from returning before the end of the season.

If the Knicks get their DPE request approved, they will have $7.8 million at their disposal to use for signing a free agent or as a trade exception. However, any player they get from the free agent market can only sign a contract until the end of the current campaign. Also, the player they trade for needs to be on an expiring deal.

Mitchell Robinson played 21 games in 2023-24 before going down with an injury. He averaged 6.2 points and a career-high 10.3 rebounds.

The Knicks are currently fifth in the Eastern Conference with a 16-11 record.