Earlier on Thursday afternoon (early Friday, PHL time), ESPN's Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelbourne reported that Porzingis met with team management and left them with the impression that he would prefer to be traded before next Thursday's (next Friday, PHL time) National Basketball Association trade deadline.
Porzingis voiced his frustration with the team's losing ways and expressed his concern that a culture is developing that will make sustained organizational success unlikely, ESPN reported. It later came out the Knicks were in trade talks for days before the transaction actually went down.
Houston would be interested in signing Wesley Matthews if he receives a buyout from the Knicks, according to a report from ESPN, which cites unidentified league sources. The upshot here for the Knicks, in sending out perhaps the most talented player they've had on the roster since Patrick Ewing, is a talented young point guard, a future first-round pick and what should be enough salary cap space for two max contracts this summer.
Hardaway Jr., is averaging 19.1 points per game this season to lead the Knicks in scoring.
Porzingis reportedly plans on signing the team's qualifying offer of $4.5 million, allowing him to be an unrestricted free agent a year ahead of schedule. Wojnarowski contested that report. Porzingis is recovering from a torn ACL but my guy is nicknamed Unicorn for a reason.
This season's trade deadline is on 7 February.
The Knicks own the NBA's worst record at 10-40, but winning has not been the organization's focus this season as it rebuilds with the goal of becoming a consistent contender down the road.