As the Knicks approach the offseason, many are speculating who they might pursue to update their roster. Among the many calls for specific trades and signings, an unexpected name emerged as a potential target for some of the fans: Kristaps Porzingis.
Reacting with an eye roll or a sneer is understandable given the profile. New York traded Porzingis, who had internal team issues, while he rehabilitated a torn ACL, and he has since fallen short of All-Star expectations and has been constantly injured.
Porzingis averaged 23.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists, 1.5 blocks and 0.9 steals per game on 55.9% shooting from two points and 38.5% shooting center. He has a player option for the 2023-24 season worth $36 million or can become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Why should the Knicks be interested? To begin with, this is an impressive line and strong production from Porzingis, which lives up to a few things they want to improve on.
The upshot of this playoff run is that New York needs a little more offensive dynamism, more shooting, and just plain more talent. Porzingis supplies all three.