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February 18, 2019

Knicks did not believe Kristaps Porzingis was a franchise star and were shopping him for a month before sitdown that lasted 2-3 minutes

February 6, 2019

Kristaps Porzingis provided a list of four desired destinations when he requested a trade in a shotgun meeting, but the Knicks had already quietly negotiated a deal after shopping the Latvian for a month.

These details were revealed on Tuesday by the New York Times, which portrayed both Porzingis and the Knicks as ready to move on from one another long before he was officially traded to the Mavericks.

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According to the story, the Knicks became aware of Porzingis’ discontent in the beginning of January – right around the time the Daily News reported his re-signing was not guaranteed because of a desire to play for a winner.

After failing to pry Donovan Mitchell out of Utah, De’Aaron Fox out of Sacramento and Anthony Davis out of New Orleans, the Knicks settled for cap space and two first-round picks from the Mavericks for Porzingis. According to the NY Times, the Knicks could’ve pulled the trigger on the trade Wednesday evening, but first wanted to hear from Porzingis in their planned sitdown on Thursday.

Kristaps Porzingis and the Knicks were never going to work. (Tony Gutierrez / AP)

The meeting was a mere formality. A source told the News it lasted between two and three minutes. The Knicks wanted to pull the trigger, got the sentiment they expected from Porzingis and quickly the circumstances were leaked to the media. Within an hour of the meeting going public, news circulated that Porzingis was traded to the Mavericks. The Knicks’ front office, according to a source, did not believe in Porzingis as the franchise star. It had valid reasons, too: the 23-year-old is coming off ACL surgery, struggled to stay on the court previously because of other injuries and faded in the second half of seasons.

But instead of using these concerns to justify the trade, the Knicks wanted to send the message their hands were tied by Porzingis’ malcontent and his puppeteer brother. It’s an easier sell to a fanbase that idolized Porzingis, especially after years of the Knicks pumping him up as the savior of New York.

This is from the same team that employed Carmelo Anthony’s brand manager, allowed Anthony’s agency — CAA — to influence moves, employed Amar’e Stoudemire’s security guard and gave J.R. Smith’s brother a contract because he was J.R. Smith’s brother. Whether or not Porzingis deserved superstar treatment is debatable. But it was hypocritical for the Knicks to accuse him and his brother, Janis, of being too demanding.

Since Porzingis will be a restricted free agent this summer, the Knicks could’ve matched any offer. If Porzingis still declined to sign with the Knicks, he would’ve had to play next season on a drastically reduced salary to become an unrestricted free agent in 2020. The Knicks had an opportunity to sign Porzingis to a five-year deal before the season but declined to offer it.

According to the Times, Porzingis’ list of desirable destinations – delivered by his brother and agent Janis — included the Nets and Clippers. Dallas was not on the list and is gambling it can re-sign Porzingis in the summer.

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