Josh Hart's return to the New York Knicks next season is referred to as "inevitable" by rival execs, according to Marc Stein of Substack.

Hart, who was acquired by the Knicks in February, has a player option for next season worth $12.9 million. 

Stein adds that he has yet to hear from a team that believes they will be able to pry Hart away from the Knicks should he choose to become a free agent.