Rumor: Knicks still believe trading Kristaps Porzingis was the right move
Back in January, the New York Knicks decided to trade disgruntled star Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks, which allowed them to free up enough cap space to sign two superstars to max contracts in free agency. Obviously, their top targets didn’t choose another team, which left the front office with no choice but to use all their money on mid-tier players.
Well, if they had a chance to turn back time, would they still make that trade, having the knowledge that no superstar will play for them? According to Marc Berman of the NY Post, that seems to be the case.
But even if Knicks president Steve Mills was misled by Durant’s agent and manager Rich Kleiman, it doesn’t change the franchise’s view that it did the right thing in trading Kristaps Porzingis to the Mavericks on Jan. 31, according to people familiar with the situation.
Throughout the course of the 2018-19 season, there were rumors that both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving were 100 percent joining the Knicks. Some NBA insiders that free agency was just going to be a formality of the superteam that will be born in New York.
Indeed, Durant and Irving chose to go to New York, but they joined another team in the city, the Brooklyn Nets.
But even if the Knicks decided to keep Porzingis until the end of last season, it was clear that the Latvian star had no plans of staying there. He’s made it clear for quite some time that he wanted nothing to do with the franchise, so the the trade still would’ve taken place regardless of the time or the circumstances.