The Knicks really did shop Kristaps Porzingis around
New York Knicks’ fans were irate after Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Courtney Lee were traded for Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews and two first round picks.
They felt like New York didn’t get enough in return and likely didn’t shop Porzingis around enough.
Well that is not the case. It turns out that the Knicks made plenty of offers to teams around the league in order to offload Porzingis.
Marc Stein of the NY Times reported last week that the Knicks tried to get De’Aaron Fox from the Sacramento Kings and Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz, but were of course unsuccessful.
Now Stein is reporting that the Knicks also tried to swap Porzingis for Kings’ rookie forward Marvin Bagley and of course the Kings rejected that offer as well.
Stein also revealed that the other two teams that Porzingis wanted to go to aside from the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers were the Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat.
Once again, this shows that KP didn’t want to be traded to the Mavs. But Dallas is clearly confident that they will be able to do what it takes to get him to sign a long-term deal with them.
Looking back on the deal the Knicks made, they received a former lottery pick in Smith Jr. and two first round picks as well as cap room for this summer. That’s not bad when you’re giving up two big contracts and an injured player coming off of a torn ACL.
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