Report: Knicks were surprised by Kristaps Porzingis’s trade value slide
The New York Knicks seemingly went into the trade process expecting to get more for forward Kristaps Porzingis.
According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Knicks were “surprised” that Porzingis’s stock had dropped so much since the 2017 NBA Draft, when they last received offers for him. At that time, the Knicks had turned down the opportunity to acquire Devin Booker and a draft pick from the Phoenix Suns for Porzingis, and had also rejected a large offer from the Boston Celtics.
Berman reports that the Knicks did get 8-10 offers for Porzingis, but the Dallas Mavericks were the only team to offer up the right combination of a young player, expiring contracts, and two first-round draft choices.
Earlier reports indicated that Porzingis’s availability was something of a secret to some teams, but if up to a third of the league had offers on the table, it would seem it wasn’t that classified. The Knicks couldn’t expect Porzingis, who hasn’t played all season, to have retained all his trade value from when he was regarded as one of the league’s brightest young stars. He still is, but the injury concerns are real.