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.
Kings, Knicks Discussing Zach Randolph, Enes Kanter Trade
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, neither side is close to an agreement yet, but both are motivated to rid themselves of expiring contracts.
Kanter has been upset with his role on the team this season, and Randolph has yet to play for the Kings this season after signing with the team prior to the 2017-2018 campaign.
Knicks’ Enes Kanter Discussed Team Role with General Manager
New York Knicks big man Enes Kanter admitted that he recently met with Knicks general manager Scott Perry regarding his role.
According to the New York Post’s Marc Berman, Kanter expressed his frustration with the team’s lack of winning, as well as his role, which has been diminishing lately.
“I did not ask for a trade, no. I did not say, ‘Scott, try and trade me.’ No I did not say that,” Kanter said. “Because I like it here a lot. And I probably won’t say to Scott’s face, ‘Scott, I want to get traded.’ Because I like it here a lot. But again, in the end, we all are competitors, basketball players. I like it here so much, but again, I want to win. I want this team to get to the playoffs one day. This is my blood, man, I’m sorry. If anyone asks anything else, I’m not going to do it. I’m going out there to get a win every time.”
New York is sporting the 2nd worst record in the NBA this season.
“I even asked Scott, if you were in my situation, what would you do?” Kanter said. “He said, ‘The whole league knows you. Right now, we know that you are a very, very good basketball player. Now I want you to go out there and try to have that good character, try to be a good teammate, and try to help all the people.’ I understand we’re not winning a lot right now. But I guess it’s all for the young guys.”
Knicks’ David Fizdale Believes Emmanuel Mudiay Is Ascending
The recent production of New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay has some questioning whether it’s just a fluky hot streak, or a marked step in his development.
Knicks’ head coach David Fizdale believed the latter.
“Now how far it goes from there, it’s going to be what he does. But you get in a third of the season and a guy is consistently putting in 20, 30, 20, 30, six rebounds, six assists constantly doing that (it’s not a fluke),” Fizdale said, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.
Over the last 9 games, Mudiay is averaging 20.0 points, 5.8 assists and 3.6 rebounds for New York.
“I think the first thing he had to prove to himself and to everyone was is he a legitimate NBA basketball player and I think that’s proven right now so now the next step is can we get him to really grow and develop and show the consistency of what a lead guard can do? But he’s really, he’s taken off and really gotten better every day.”
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