Reports: Knicks exploring Porzingis trades

Ashish Mathur

New York Knicks president Phil Jackson is making dynamic young forward Kristaps Porzingis available for potential trades, according to multiple reports.

The result, according to The Vertical, has been a "frenzy of suitors."

Per The Vertical:

To that possibility, Jackson had a dinner meeting with Arizona forward Lauri Markkanen on Monday night in New York, league sources told The Vertical. Jackson considers Markkanen, a 7-foot jump-shooting forward, a replacement for Porzingis and is considering selecting him with the team’s No. 8 overall pick in Thursday’s NBA draft.

The Knicks are poised to begin listening to rival teams’ pitches on potential Porzingis deals, league sources said.

The Knicks have not spoken with Porzingis since the team's exit meetings in April, according to a report from ESPN.

Porzingins has averaged 16.1 points and 7.3 rebounds in two seasons with the Knicks.

Per The Vertical:

New York is determined to acquire a frontline guard, something that a trade for Porzingis could gain for them. Nevertheless, there’s tremendous backlash among Knicks fans over the possibility of trading such a gifted and popular young player, and it’s unclear how that will impact ownership or Jackson’s plans on the matter.

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