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REPORT: The Knicks won’t extend qualifying offers to Emmanuel Mudiay, Luke Kornet

Smell you later? Maybe not.

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Sure, the pursuit of outside free agents gets all the attention these days, but we mustn’t forget that the Knicks have some players of their own on the cusp of free agency. Two such dudes are point guard Emmanuel Mudiay and big man Luke Kornet. Both could remain restricted free agents if the Knicks tender them a qualifying offer, but it appears the front office has no intention of doing so, per Chris Haynes.

Does this mean Mud and the UniKornet are gone forever? Not necessarily, says Haynes, who also mentioned that the Knicks might be interested in bringing back...uh, Mudiay?

Mudiay’s cap hold is reportedly $12.9 million, and there was no way the Knicks are bringing him back at that much money. But perhaps the front office truly is intrigued by a Mud reunion.

Lord, I hope not. Mudiay got some buckets with the Knicks last season, and probably earned himself a spot on somebody’s roster, but the defense was generally a disaster area whenever he was on the court.

Kornet, on the other hand, is somebody I would like to bring back. He can’t hit a two-point shot to save his life, but he’s a league-average volume three-point shooting (36.3% on 4.2 attempts in just 17.0 minutes per game) who can protect the rim a bit. That has value.

Make the right choice, Knicks. Bring back Kornet!