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Porzingis depreciating value left Dallas deal as Knicks top option

Porzingis depreciating value left Dallas deal as Knicks top option
Published On: Sun, Feb 10
Dec 4, 2015; New York, NY,New York Knicks guard Jose Calderon (3) is defended by Brooklyn Nets guard Jarrett Jack (2) in the 2nd half at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks win 108-91. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports

You can knock the 10-45 Knicks on a lot of stuff as they tied the longest losing streak in franchise history Saturday at 16 withA a 104-99 Garden loss to Kawhi Leonarda€™s Raptors.

But dona€™t knock them on their uncanny ability to pack the Garden, nor their due diligence regarding Kristaps Porzingisa€™ trade value. Knicks president Steve Mills had his henchmen in high gear once the calendar turned to 2019 and their 7-foot-3 Latvian turned disengaged.

The Knicks were surprised Porzingisa€™ stock had dropped so much since the days leading into the 2017 draft.

Twenty months ago, the Celtics offered a boatload of young assets, and the Suns were prepared to ship Devin Booker and swap a draft pick that would have placed the Knicks in position to draft Lauri Markkanen. Former team president Phil Jackson thought the Finnish big man was built sturdier than Porzingis and would become more durable.

a€œTeams werena€™t knocking their doors down,a€™a€™ one individual with knowledge of the matter told The Post regarding Porzingisa€™ trade value. a€œThey got some interest, but not like that [Phoenix, Boston offer].a€

Their meeting 10 days ago was confirmation of what the Knicks brass had already feared a€” Porzingis wasna€™t planning to commit long-term. Roughly 8-10 offers were on the table, but none met their three requirements better than Dallasa€™. The Knicks contacted only the teams that had these assets:

1. A rising prospect on his rookie contract (Dennis Smith Jr.).

2. Expiring contracts that would give them two max slots (Wesley Matthews, DeAndre Jordan).

3. One or two future first-rounders (likely 2021 and a protected 2023).

a€œThe Knicks felt getting the two first rounders a€” not just one a€” was gravy,a€™a€™ the individual said.

Maybe ita€™s not Booker/Markkanen, but the deal will look substantially better than that exacta if their master plan works.

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