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NBA Rumors: Kristaps Porzingis expected to demand a trade if Knicks undergo full-scale rebuild

PHOTOGRAPH: Keith Allison/Flickr | Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks

Kristaps Porzingis became the subject of various trade rumors after he skipped the exit meeting with the New York Knicks. Multiple NBA teams have reportedly inquired about Porzingis’ available via trade. Should the Knicks trade the Latvian center in the upcoming offseason?

After successfully upgrading their roster last summer, the Knicks suffered another disappointing season and missed the playoffs for the fourth straight year. The feud between Carmelo Anthony and team president Phil Jackson continues to get worse. As most people expect, Anthony will waive his no-trade clause to join a new team this summer.

Kristaps Porzingis will only stay with the Knicks on one condition

Aside from Anthony, Porzingis is also unhappy with the Knicks’ situation. He decided to skip the Knicks’ exit meeting to expressed his frustration on the team’s dysfunction and lack of direction. Though he expressed his intention to stay, the Latvian center made it clear that winning is his top priority.

“Kris wants to stay in New York; he feels at home there. There is no question about it,’’ Janis said in an ESPN interview. “The only thing he wants is for the Knicks to create an environment where he can develop and grow as a player and win.”

Porzingis continues to improve his game since being drafted the fourth overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft. In 66 games he played this season, Porzingis averaged 18.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, and two blocks on 45 percent shooting from the field and 35.7 percent from the three-point range. As of now, there is no doubt that he deserves to be the Knicks’ next franchise player.

However, Porzingis can’t carry the Knicks alone. They need to surround him with quality players in the upcoming offseason. With the potential departure of Anthony and Derrick Rose, the Knicks need to add a reliable scorer and a pass-first point guard who’ll fit in the triangle offense.

Kristaps Porzingis trade possible if the Knicks want a full-scale rebuild

If the Knicks undergo a full-scale rebuild, Porzingis will likely find his way out of New York. Janis’ statement hinted that his brother already wants to win and contend for the playoffs next season. By trading Porzingis and Anthony, the Knicks can collect enough assets to speed up the rebuilding process.

However, Janis Porzingis warned every team who’ll be trading for his brother this summer: “If he were traded, he would play out his contract and head into free agency, where he can choose his own destiny.’’

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