A report leaked Thursday morning saying New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis asked to be traded by the organization. The success of this trade depends entirely on their ability to sign a superstar in free agency, which has historically been a dicey proposition for the Knicks.
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, however, no decisions have been made on that front just yet.
Porzingis, 23, is now sitting out the 2018-19 season after tearing his ACL a year ago.
It appears Kristaps Porzingis can't get to Dallas fast enough for Mark Cuban.
In terms of existing contracts, Jordan and Matthews are set to expire at the end of the season, while Porzingis can be a restricted free agent this summer.More news: Venezuela's Maduro says ready for talks with opposition
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Opposing teams expect the Knicks to be aggressive in pursuing the top free agents in the coming offseason, a group that includes Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard and Kyrie Irving. They struck out on the A-listers that summer, signing Amar'e Stoudemire to a huge contract when the three headliners instead teamed up in Miami. Smith was selected with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2017 draft.
Of course, the February game that saw Porzingis' demise was ultimately his last time in a Knicks uniform.
Porzingis, who will be a restricted free agent this summer, is now sidelined following ACL surgery and could be out for the remainder of the season.
"He loves Luka and Dirk", a source told ESPN about Porzingis, whose other option would be to sacrifice millions by playing on a one-year qualifying offer.
Prior to his injury, Porzingis was on his way to becoming one of the top players in the league. The Knicks said in December that Porzingis' knee is making good progress in rehab, but they have not given a timeline for him to return to game action.
With those mitigating circumstances, Steve Mills and Scott Perry were never going to get 100 cents on the dollar for Porzingis.