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Andre Drummond best Knicks option with Gorgui Dieng joining Spurs

The Knicks are about to have one fewer option in the buyout market in the absence of starting center Mitchell Robinson.

Gorgui Dieng, who was bought out Friday by Memphis, is expected to sign with the Spurs once he clears waivers, the New York Times first reported Sunday. The 31-year-old Dieng played for Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota from 2016-19.

Two-time All-Star center Andre Drummond also remains available after he was bought out Friday by the Cavaliers, but multiple reports have the Lakers as the frontrunners to sign him.

Robinson suffered a fractured right foot in the first quarter of Saturday’s 102-96 win in Milwaukee, his fourth appearance since returning from a 15-game absence due to hand surgery.

Barring another addition, the Knicks will replace Robinson with the combination of veteran big men Nerlens Noel and Taj Gibson, who combined for 12 points, 19 rebounds and seven blocked shots Saturday night against the Bucks.

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The Knicks were prepared to move on from pursuing Andre Drummond (l.) before Mitchell Robinson (r.) suffered a fractured foot.
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The Post’s Marc Berman had reported before Saturday’s win that Knicks brass had cooled on signing Drummond because they decided to commit to the 22-year-old Robinson at center for the remainder of the season. They also wanted to preserve their cap space for the offseason.

The Spurs are adding Dieng to replace LaMarcus Aldridge, who agreed to sign with the Nets on Saturday after he was bought out by San Antonio.

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