New York Knicks guard Immanuel Quickley isn’t fretting after not signing a contract extension prior to the league’s Monday deadline.
“I’m always about getting better. I’m always about setting goals and trying to be better than I was yesterday,” Quickley told reporters Tuesday, including SNY’s Ian Begley. “Contract, no contract, I’m here for the season, and I’m here for the team to try to be the best version I can each and every day. To try to get better, to try to dominate. That’s why I’m here.”
Quickley is set to become a restricted free agent after his rookie contract expires at the end of the season. New York will be able to match any offer presented to the 24-year-old next summer. But for now, the rising star said he wants to focus on the campaign ahead.
“Extension talks are over, I’m just focused on the season,” Quickley said. “Our team is going to have a great year, and I feel like I’m going to have a great year.”
Quickley averaged career highs of 14.9 points and 4.2 rebounds in 2022-23. He also accounted for 3.4 assists and one steal per game.
The Oklahoma City Thunder drafted Quickley 25th overall in 2020 but dealt him later that night to the Knicks. The Kentucky alum is in his fourth NBA season and has become a consistent contributor off the bench for New York.
Precious Achiuwa, Saddiq Bey, and former Knick Obi Toppin are among the other 2020 draftees who didn’t receive a contract extension before Monday’s deadline.