Porzingis has not played this season as he continues to recover from a torn ACL, and could be in line for a max offer sheet of $122.1 million over four years when he reaches restricted free agency.
Porzingis averaged 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks over 48 games last season for the Knicks, prior to his injury.
Knicks’ Emmanuel Mudiay Discusses Kevin Durant Rumors
The New York Knicks are one team tied the Kevin Durant, and Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay says that it’s impossible to avoid the chatter, even though he says it is not a distraction.
“I wouldn’t say it’s weird. I would say it’s kind of expected,” Mudiay said, during an interview with Sports Illustrated’s The Crossover.
“It could get weird for a rookie or a second-year guy. Just because you’re not really used to that, but at the same time, that’s just what the media is going to do. They’re going to try to build up a story, and that’s their job. That’s what they have to do, so you kind of just have to keep your head down and finish out the season and play every day as if he’s not there — which he’s not there yet.
“Is that someone New York definitely wants? No doubt, with what he’s done in his career. The scorer he is. The type of player he is. The type of person he is. I wouldn’t say it’s a distraction, but I would say you can’t miss it. “
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.”
Knicks’ Dennis Smith Jr. Discusses First Win on New Team
Smith’s 19 points, 13 assists and 6 rebounds helped the Knicks beat the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday, smapping their 18 game losing streak.
“It’s major,” Smith said, according to Brian Mahoney of The Associated Press.
“We’ve been having our fans come out and support every night and haven’t won here since Dec. 1. I wasn’t part of that one, so I’m glad that we could get it tonight and just give the fans something to see.”
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