The New York Knicks might be in trouble of losing their star player, Kristpas Porzingis. Porzingis has grown very frustrated watching the team continue to lose as he sits on the sideline with a knee injury…
In a meeting with New York Knicks management Thursday, Star forward Kristaps Porzingis expressed concern on the state of the franchise and his future with the organization.
Porzingis has been sidelined for nearly a year with an ACL injury will be able to become a restricted free agent this summer. Increasing tensions on both sides could lead to the Knicks starting trade talks prior to Thursday’s deadline.
Porzingis and his brother Janis, who is his agent, met with Knicks management on Thursday morning and discussed his frustration with the franchise’s losing.
The Knicks (10-40) have struggled without Porzingis, who was averaging a career-best 22.7 points per game before he was lost with a left knee injury during a breakout All-Star season in 2017-18. He also was averaging 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game.
Kristaps Porzingis left the Knicks with the impression that he prefers to be traded, league sources tell @ramonashelburne and me. Knicks are expected to commence discussions on moving him ahead of next Thursday's deadline.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 31, 2019
Porzingis has wanted to play for a winner with the Knicks, but he has been searching for clarity on his future role with the team and the franchise’s direction. Could Porzingis land in Los Angeles?
The Knicks decided against signing Porzingis to a rookie extension prior the start of this season a move that resulted in an extra $10 million in cap space for the summer of 2019.
Porzingis wants to play for a winner in New York, but is searching for clarity on his future role with the team and Knicks direction. Porzingis — out with an ACL injury — can be a restricted free agent this summer. https://t.co/JtZzQ02FCI— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 31, 2019
“First and foremost, Kristaps Porzingis is a special and unique talent,” Perry said after the decision to pass on extending Porzingis’ contract. “He is someone that is extremely important to this franchise. He is someone that as we continue to strategically build this team he’s very much a part of it. The goal is to continue to work very close with he and his representation on making him be a part of the New York Knicks for the long term.”
He recently worked out with a coach on the court for roughly 45 minutes. The workout included Porzingis shooting pull-up 3-pointers and dunking.
“This is a mutual process and a mutual agreement,” Mills said. “He’s looking for us to say, ‘Yes, you can play,’ or ‘You can’t play.’ And we’re looking to him to sort of get a feel for, ‘How are you feeling, KP? How does this feel? How do the coaches think you’re feeling with these kind of movements?’ And then we’ll come to some conclusion as to, OK, this is what we’re comfortable doing. But it’ll be a collective.
“We’ll both be on the same page when we decide whatever is next.”