Knicks rumors: New York has fixed relationship with Kristaps Porzingis
The New York Knicks and Kristaps Porzingis are back on the same page again, according to Knicks president Steve Mills who said the following during an appearance on ESPN Radio’s The Stephen A. Smith Show (h/t Ian Begley of ESPN).
Steve Mills on if he has any concern about Kristaps Porzingis asking for a trade like other stars have: "No. We've worked really hard in rebuilding the relationship with KP….We communicate with KP all the time and we know he feels good about directionally where we're going." — https://t.co/4Y2sNN4xCZ
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) June 28, 2018
The Knicks are coming off yet another frustrating season. They missed the playoffs for the fifth year in a row, and over that stretch, New York has failed to record more than 37 in a single campaign. Although Porzingis has only been part of only three of those seasons, the ineptitude of the franchise’s management had left the versatile big man feeling alienated to the point that the Latvian unicorn ditched his exit interview back in April.
But as what Mills said, it seems that Porzingis’ belief in the team has now been restored.
However, Mills and the team’s other executives will have to show Porzingis that they are capable of righting the ship for the long-suffering franchise. It has been a while since the Knicks were viewed as a serious title contender and there are barely any signs pointing that the team is going to be one any time soon.
It is important for the Knicks to soothe Porzingis, especially that the 7-foot-3 stretch-four is a year away from becoming a free agent.
The Knicks offer some semblance of hope for Porzingis and the team’s fans, however, after hiring David Fizdale as the head coach replacement for Jeff Hornacek.
Porzingis played in only 48 games last season due to a number of injuries, including a torn ACL that sent him out for the rest of the 2017-18 campaign, but not before recording averages of 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 1.9 3-pointers per outing.