Report: Knicks feel Spurs tampered with Kristaps Porzingis
Gregg Popovich may view the New York Knicks as “unprofessional” for prying Marcus Morris away from them, but the Knicks apparently feel they are even with San Antonio.
Prior to the opener on Wednesday night between the Spurs and the Knicks, Popovich took a shot at New York for going after Morris, who had agreed to a two-year, $20 million deal with San Antonio in free agency. The Spurs even traded Davis Bertans to make room for Morris, who later signed a one-year deal with the Knicks for more annual money ($15 million).
In an article about the matter published on Wednesday night, the New York Daily News’ Stefan Bondy said the Knicks feel their signing of Morris was justified because they believe the Spurs tampered with Kristaps Porzingis. That detail was reported elsewhere in July. In January, both ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe reported the Spurs had interest in Porzingis.
Porzingis apparently initiated his trade from the Knicks even though he was still under contract with them. He ended up being traded to the Dallas Mavericks in late January.