There had been some speculation that New York Knicks superstar Kristaps Porzingis may have been unhappy about not signing a rookie scale contract extension with the team this offseason, but team president Steve Mills is shooting down any rumors of unhappiness.
“We believe it was the smart move, but primarily because over the summer, GM Scott [Perry] and I sat down with KP’s brother [Janis Porzingis] and talked about the different options that we have in front of us as it related to his extension” Mills said, during an appearance on The Michael Kay Show,via Ian Begley of ESPN.com.
“We were clear that the best option to make the Knicks a better team long term and have a better group of guys that KP can grow with long term was to not do the extension at this point. We think it ended up in a situation that’s best for the long-term view of the Knicks which ultimately will be the best in the long term view for KP because he’ll have a better team that he’ll be part of.
“We’ve been very straightforward in our communication with KP’s brother, who is his agent. KP has a long history with us. One thing about my relationship with KP is that when he is unhappy about something or disappointed about something he’s been very forthright in coming to me and saying, ‘Steve you know what? I’m not happy about this.’ And throughout this whole process he’s been very excited about David Fizdale as the coach, he’s been very excited about the players, the young players that we have. So I think we’re in a good place.”
Bucks’ Brook Lopez Breaks Single-Season Record for 3-Pointers by a Center
Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez has made history.
Lopez passed former NBA big man Channing Frye on Sunday, setting a new single-season record for three-pointers made in a season by a center.
Knicks’ David Fizdale Praises Mitchell Robinson’s Shot-Blocking Ability
New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale has been impressed with the shot blocking technique of rookie center Mitchell Robinson, who is averaging an impressive 2.43 blocks per game this season.
“Some of that is just natural,” Fizdale said, according to Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic. “The timing and all of that stuff, that’s natural stuff. He walked in here with timing everything. The fact that he naturally already just instinctually says, ‘oh left hand block versus the right hand block because it’s the right hand to use.’ Those are things that you can teach some of that stuff but man, he walked in the door with a lot of that. The biggest thing with him was understanding what was going on around him and how fast the action was coming at him. And over the course of the year, it seems like that he’s adjusted to that really well.”
Magic Sign Michael Carter-Williams to Second 10-Day Deal
The Orlando Magic are signing veteran point guard Michael Carter-Williams to a second 10-day contract following the expiration of his initial 10-day contract with the team on Sunday.
According to an official team announcement, Carter-Williams, 27, has officially inked his new deal with the team
Carter-Williams played well throughout the duration of his first deal with the team, posting 3.0 ppg, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game.
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