The New York Knicks are preparing to play the rest of the season without center Mitchell Robinson, who is recovering from an ankle injury. In order to compensate for his absence, the team has applied for a disabled player exception (DPE) worth $7.8 million. This exception is requested when a player is expected to be sidelined for the whole season, and it seems that the Knicks foresee Robinson being out until at least June 15 due to his surgery.

The Knicks are in need of reinforcements in their front line and have been the subject of trade rumors involving various big men, including Karl-Anthony Towns from the Minnesota Timberwolves and Joel Embiid from the Philadelphia 76ers. However, with both the 76ers and the Timberwolves performing well, the likelihood of these trades appears to be low. The Knicks have also been linked to the Chicago Bulls, who are considering trading three starters including Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, and Nikola Vucevic.

Since Robinson’s injury, third-string center Jericho Sims has been promoted to the starting lineup, allowing backup center Isiah Hartenstein to come off the bench. Hartenstein has taken advantage of the opportunity, averaging 6.8 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game in his last nine games.

The Knicks are currently navigating a tough stretch of games and have managed to hold their own, despite Robinson’s absence. They recently returned from a four-game road trip, where they achieved a 2-2 record against tough Western Conference teams.
If the season were to end today, the Knicks would secure the #5 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Looking ahead, the Knicks face upcoming games against strong teams, including a two-game series with the Milwaukee Bucks led by Damian Lillard. They also have a road trip against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic, and Indiana Pacers, before returning home to host the Timberwolves on New Year’s Day.

As for their championship prospects, the Knicks are currently at +6000 odds to win the 2023-24 NBA championship and +2500 to win the Eastern Conference, representing an improvement from their previous performance.

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