For all the mistakes the New York Knicks have made in recent years, the one thing they got right was drafting Kristaps Porzingis — even though it seemed like an odd pick at the time. But, in true Knicks fashion, they did nothing while he was in New York.
When they dealt him to Dallas for pennies on the dollar after he tore his ACL, the plan was to free up space for two max-money players. Also, Porzingis didn’t seem too pleased with the organization, which is why he wasn’t part of the equation anymore.
But Porzingis’ frustrations with the Knicks didn’t come to surface right before he was traded to the Mavericks. Phil Jackson knew about them when he was the Knicks president, which is why he shopped the big man before the injury, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.
The Celtics were one of the teams Jackson heard from, according to Berman’s report. Boston offered “a trove of assets,” one of which was Jaylen Brown.
Instead of making a deal with anyone at that juncture, the Knicks did nothing, later gave away Porzingis, didn’t land a single big-time free agent and are among the worst teams in the NBA, again. Bowman’s report indicates Knicks owner James Dolan may have been the reason Jackson didn’t complete a deal in 2017 — which shouldn’t shock anyone.
The one involved party that this worked out very well for is Brown. Even if he was given a ton of chances in New York, that organization has no direction.