New York Knicks News Mix, 5/20/17: Porzingis' Brother Meets With Phil (Report)
Apr 2, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) high fives fans as he enters the court for warmups prior to the game against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Not only are the New York Knicks not ruling out trading Kristaps Porzingis, but Phil Jackson is reportedly auditioning his replacement.

Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical is reporting that the New York Knicks, namely team president Phil Jackson, haven’t ruled out the possibility of trading star forward Kristaps Porzingis.

It’s gotten so bad that Jackson is even auditioning Porzingis’ replacement, Arizona forward Lauri Markkanen. He’s often been compared to the unicorn.

Per Woj, Jackson had dinner with Markkanen on Monday.

Ian Begley of ESPN New York subsequently reported that no one from the Knicks organization has been in touch with Porzingis since he skipped the exit meetings.

A terrible sign, but not surprising either. Head coach Jeff Hornacek said at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago that he hadn’t spoken with his star big man. We know Jackson likely hadn’t even bothered to try.

Per Begley, KP’s brother reiterated how much Kristaps loves New York and wants to win in the Big Apple.

This is just another sign that Jackson is running the team with petty grievances in mind. If he actually trades Kristaps Porzingis he’ll never recover. Even his biggest brainwashed supporters will never forgive him.

Porzingis made the ultimate sin, however. He defied Jackson and the triangle when he skipped that exit meeting. Maybe this is just to get Porzingis in line. We’ll see.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.