The New York Knicks are doing whatever it takes to make sure Kristaps Porzingis doesn’t leave.
With Kristaps Porzingis’ brother Janis recently making it clear that Kristaps could end up leaving once his rookie contract expires, New York Knicks executives Scott Perry and Steve Mills were seen talking to him for 30 minutes. This went down prior to Wednesday night’s win over the Utah Jazz at the Garden, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.
Janis also met with Knicks’ head coach Jeff Hornacek prior to Monday’s loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
I’m sure Janis still isn’t happy that Hornacek fired assistant coach Joshua Longstaff, who was one of Kristaps’ favorite coaches. Hopefully their relationship is fine.
The Knicks are apparently trying to get on Janis’ good side, per Berman.
According to a source, Perry believes it’s important to improve that relationship with Janis, a former professional player in Europe.
The Knicks aren’t dumb, they know keeping Porzingis will determine whether or not they turn into a serious contender within the Eastern Conference over the next few years.
With Porzingis playing at a high level, other star players will be drawn to come and play for the Knicks. It would be an epic failure if he ends up leaving as a free agent.