Isaiah Hartenstein thanks Clippers after Knicks signing

Isaiah Hartenstein, LA Clippers. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports
Isaiah Hartenstein, LA Clippers. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports /

Despite playing a small role and limited minutes, an effervescent smile was plastered on Isaiah Hartenstein’s face on a nightly basis.

The sparingly used power forward served as the LA Clippers‘ man in the middle during his lone season in LA. On countless occasions, Hartenstein banged down low against opposing bigs, while simultaneously making them pay on the other side of the floor with his 3-point shooting. Having averaged 8.3 points on 62.6% from the field, including 46.7% from distance, Hartenstein thoroughly enjoyed his time playing under coach Ty Lue.

Be that as it may, Hartenstein has officially abandoned the bright and sunny skies associated with Los Angeles, in favor of a rebuilding New York Knicks ball club. Officially, Hartenstein will don the blue and orange for the next two seasons for $16 million.

Although Hartenstein is anxious to begin his new journey and is looking forward to fattening his wallet, the newly signed Knick took the time to look back and thank his former organization.

“Just wanted to thank the LA Clippers organization and the fans!” said Hartenstein. “Was a true blessing to be here and the fans made it so easy to give it my all every night. Will never forget this year and will forever be grateful for the opportunity! All love.”

Despite not re-signing Hartenstein, the Clippers have made numerous signings

As the NBA offseason continues to move forward, New York is determined to reshape its roster after suffering through a down season. With only 37 wins during the 2021-22 league year, New York has identified Hartenstein as a salient piece to their future.

In terms of what LA will do to replace him, the franchise has re-signed both Amir Coffey and Nicolas Batum. In addition to those recent signings, the Clippers have also enlisted the help of former five-time All-Star John Wall.

With only one roster spot remaining, LA has opted to survey the NBA landscape before making their final move.

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