NBA Trade Rumors: New York Knicks Open to Trading Kristaps Porzingis?

By Raymund Tamayo, Posted: 04/19/17 02:54PM EDT

Rumors are out that Kristaps Porzingis could be on the New York Knicks trading block. The Big Apple squad is said to be asking for a top pick in the upcoming 2017 NBA Draft this June, a player, and more future draft picks.

After showing some promise early this season, the Knicks finished the recent regular season at 12th place in the East with a 31-51 record. It was the fourth consecutive year that the team was eliminated from the playoffs, which instigated speculations that a major roster overhaul is looming this summer.

While it is possible that New York's three veteran All-Stars -- Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, and Joakim Noah -- will all get traded in the coming offseason, it does not make sense for any team to consider taking anyone of them with their careers already on the downside. Some analysts believe that if the Knicks really want to make a change, then trading Porzingis would be more realistic as the team can get a huge value in return.

NESN cited the New York Daily News' Frank Isola as reporting that Porzingis' "future with the Knicks might be in doubt" as the club is looking to get "a top pick and player" for the 21-year-old Latvian sensation. While the rumor is said to be Isola's "opinion" only, some believe that it might eventually happen after Porzingis deliberately skipped his exit interview with team president Phil Jackson.

Reports have said that the reigning NBA Skills Challenge champion is getting tired and frustrated of all the drama happening in New York, particularly between Jackson and team leader Anthony. Porzingis is reportedly looking for a way out of the the Big Apple.

Porzingis is deemed as the most valuable trade asset in Jackson's team right now and would definitely command high value in return if traded. As a sophomore, he averaged 18.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 2.0 blocks per game in 28.4 minutes a night in 72 games as a starter last season. 

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