Knicks willing to trade Kristaps Porzingis
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 20, 2017,
Jun 20, 2017, 19:25
There is no doubt that Porzingis would bring in a major haul if he were to be dealt and Markkanen has drawn comparisons to Porzingis given his range and athleticism within such a large frame. Nevertheless, there's tremendous backlash among Knicks fans over the possibility of trading such a gifted and popular young player, and it's unclear how that will impact ownership or Jackson's plans on the matter.
Porzingis, 21, has been billed as the future of the franchise after showing star potential in his first two seasons, all while seemingly unfazed by the spotlight of playing in NY.
New York Knicks President Phil Jackson "isn't ruling out" trading star Kristaps Porzingis, Yahoo Sports reported. No one from the organization's front office or coach Jeff Hornacek have been in touch with Porzingis since he missed the exit meeting, per sources.
Porzingis averaged 18.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game last season. After being selected fourth overall in the 2015 NBA Draft, Porzingis has captured the hearts and imaginations of NY fans - dazzling the Garden crowd with DEEP threes, powerhouse dunks, and devastating blocks.
Porzingis skipped the Knicks' closeout interviews because he was reportedly upset with the team's dysfunction.
Porzingis' brother, Janis Porzingis, who also work's for Andy Miller, Porzingis' primary agent, reiterated on Wednesday that Porzingis loves NY and wants to win here. Jackson would like to see him play in the post more often. The Knicks could complicate matters money-wise if they also force a team to take on Carmelo Anthony's $26-27 million salaries over the next two seasons.
However, the potential suitors for Porzingis have yet to be named in the aforementioned reports.