Rumor: Knicks more eager to trade Bobby Portis than Marcus Morris
The New York Knicks are in shambles right now, and Wednesday night’s shenanigans at Madison Square Garden led to what we can say was a new low point for the entire organization this season. Needless to say, the Knicks are going nowhere. At this point, however, if they play their cards right, New York could potentially salvage what has been another terrible campaign by pulling the trigger on a forward-looking trade deal.
Almost everyone on the roster seems to be on the trading block, but according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, the Knicks’ front office appears to be most eager to offload 6-foot-10 big man Bobby Portis:
Even without a Drummond splash, the Knicks could still be busy at the deadline. Dennis Smith Jr. is available and is certainly amenable to a relocation after struggling in New York. Marcus Morris is a strong asset on an expiring contract but the Knicks are hesitant to part with their best and most consistent player. The Knicks, according to a source, are more eager to part with Bobby Portis, who is also on an expiring deal but less valuable.
Portis was one of several players who signed with New York following the team’s ill-fated chase of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving over the summer. Much like the other consolation signings, Portis’ contract is set to expire by the end of this season (the Knicks have a team option for next year), which means that he could be a valuable asset for a team that will be looking to clear some cap space in the summer.
The Knicks probably won’t get much in return, so a future draft pick could be the highlight of any potential deal for Portis. Again, a deal like this wouldn’t do much of anything for the Knicks in the short term, but this could turn out to be one of their first steps toward their much-needed redemption.