It was yet another awful, drama-filled season for the New York Knicks. And perhaps the biggest issue when thinking long term is that they seem to have pissed off 21-year-old star Kristaps Porzingis.
Porznigis reportedly skipped the exit meeting with team president Phil Jackson and general manager Steve Mills in April, after Jackson told the media that Carmelo Anthony “would be better off somewhere else.” Porzingis even showed support for Melo’s response to the comments on social media.
This even led to “several” teams calling the Knicks about Porzingis’ availability, according to ESPN’s Ian Begley on Friday:
Several teams reached out to the New York Knicks to talk about possible trades for Kristaps Porzingis in the days after he skipped his exit meeting with team president Phil Jackson and general manager Steve Mills, league sources told ESPN.
It is unclear whether the discussions led to substantial trade parameters. Teams were inquiring about trading for Porzingis, 21, after he showed his frustration with the direction of the franchise by skipping the meeting.
And then on Saturday, an interesting tweet appeared on Porzingis’ Twitter account:
Porzingis just tweeted this…WHAT?! pic.twitter.com/5lhNHRMIab
— Thomas Duffy (@TJDhoops) May 7, 2017
Something you trying to tell us, Kristaps? pic.twitter.com/CmkRDhsffG
— 120 Sports (@120Sports) May 7, 2017
The tweet was of course deleted, so now we’re left wondering if Porzingis tweeted it himself, or if he was hacked (which he will definitely claim).
And if he did send out the tweet himself, why? The Clippers were eliminated from the playoffs (and have been a it of a mess themselves, albeit an actual playoff one annually), so it’s not like he was reacting to a game on television. And there weren’t any other big Clippers stories over the last couple of days, so it’s not like he would be reacting to news.
Maybe Porzingis just really wants to be a Clipper — or maybe he knows a deal is already in the works — and they’d surely love to have him. 21-year-old 7’3″ dudes that can drain threes, put the ball on the floor, and still put up solid rebound and block totals, don’t grow on trees. He’s a crazy talent with a seemingly limitless upside.
So, it will be interesting to see if there actually was anything to this tweet, and Clippers fans will certainly have fun dreaming of the possibility of acquiring the Latvian’s services.
When Clippers fans see the deleted Porzingis tweet pic.twitter.com/TMts0p7mu1
— Legends (@LegendsofCH) May 7, 2017