New York Knicks president Phil Jackson sat down with MSG Network’s Al Trautwig for an interview on the state of the organization Wednesday. He did not get the reaction he was probably hoping for after reaffirming the possibility of a Kristaps Porzingis.
“We’re getting calls,’’ Jackson said. “You know as much as we value Kristaps and what he’s done for us, but when a guy doesn’t show up to an exit meeting, everyone starts speculating on his duration or movability from a club. We’re listening, but we’re not intrigued yet at this level. But as much as we love this guy, we have to do what’s good for our club.”
A source told the New York Post the Knicks are seeking a top four pick for Porzingis. Jackson said in the interview the Knicks would want two starters and a draft pick or something even better than that. It’s unclear which team would even go for that.
Jackson also dismissed fans’ calls to stop tinkering with the young stars.
“I think we know what we’re doing,” he said. “That’s all I can say, even though it hasn’t been apparent in our record the last couple of years. We’ve grown from within, gotten young players that are on the move up. It takes time to rebuild with youth. And I think they have confidence in the fact that we are going to have good players, a good team and be competitive on the court.’’