Knicks news: Bobby Portis, Wizards' Bradley Beal react to New York Post using Beal's photo with Portis' name
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Knicks’ Bobby Portis, Wizards’ Bradley Beal react to New York Post using Beal’s photo with Portis’ name

Bobby Portis, Bradley Beal

The New York Knicks agreed on a two-year deal with big man Bobby Portis at the start of free agency, but apparently, the New York Post thought they were getting a different Washington Wizards player:

Knicks fans would have obviously preferred to have somehow acquired Bradley Beal, especially given how disastrous their offseason has gone, but that is a pretty big gaffe by a well-known newspaper.

Beal soon chimed in as well on the mishap:

Oddly enough, there were rumors that the Knicks could pursue Beal with a trade before the draft, as New York had the No. 3 overall pick (which it ultimately used to select RJ Barrett) plus some other young pieces it could have offered the Wizards in a deal.

Nevertheless, Beal remained in Washington, and the Knicks instead went after one of the Wizards’ big men.

Portis split the 2018-19 campaign between Chicago and Washington, with the Bulls trading him to the Wizards in February. On the year overall, he played in just 50 games due to injuries, averaging 14.2 points and 8.1 rebounds over 26.0 minutes per game while shooting 44.4 percent from the floor, 39.3 percent from 3-point range and 79.4 percent from the free-throw line.

The 24-year-old, who played his collegiate basketball at the University of Arkansas, was originally selected by the Bulls in the first round (22nd pick overall) of the 2015 NBA Draft.

He struggled over his first two seasons, averaging 7.0 and 6.8 points per game, respectively, but in 2017-18, he had a breakout year of sorts, recording 13.2 points and 6.8 boards across 22.5 minutes a night while making 47.1 percent of his field goal attempts, 35.9 percent of his long-distance tries and 76.9 percent of his foul shots.