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Report: Knicks not putting Kristaps Porzingis in Kyrie Irving trade talks

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The New York Knicks are experiencing a roller coaster of a summer. The franchise has been through a lot lately, with internal drama on and off the court. In addition to that, they fired their team president, Phil Jackson, a man who many Knicks fans thought would lead them to relevancy again. On top of all that, their superstar Carmelo Anthony is reportedly very unhappy in New York, and wants to join the Houston Rockets.

However, even with all that, the report of Kyrie Irving wanting a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers gave Knicks fans some hope. Apparently, the Knicks are on the list of teams Irving wants to join. Irving has connections to the city, as he grew up in New Jersey, close to the Big Apple.

With the report that Irving might want to join the Knicks, their front office is now trying to prepare a package for him. However, one player is untouchable in any deal for Irving.

As Ian Begley from ESPN reports, Latvian Kristaps Porzingis will not be included in trade talks. This, in addition to Anthony’s primary destination being Houston, might make the trade impossible. Anthony and Porzingis are pretty much everything that the Knicks can offer in a potential Irving trade. One of those pieces, plus multiple first round picks would be a trade the Cavs might accept.

Other than those two, their roster is probably unfit for any blockbuster trade. Especially when considering that their competition have some real trade pieces to “wheel and deal” with. Looking at things now, the Knicks will most likely trade Anthony to the Rockets. As for Irving, he’ll most likely be traded somewhere other than New York.