New York Knicks president Phil Jackson is worried about star forward Kristaps Porzingis while trade rumors emerge about Joakim Noah.
Marc Berman of The New York Post reports that Jackson hasn’t given up on his exit meeting grudge.
If things don’t go smoothly in the next several months, Jackson may entertain trade offers again, knowing Porzingis will be entering the final year of his contract after next season. According to an NBA source, Jackson is concerned about Porzingis’ long-term viability with the organization after blowing off the exit meeting without notification. He regarded it as an act of insubordination.
Being concerned about Porzingis’ attitude is ridiculous. He’s never been in any trouble and while being held in high regard by the media and fans.
Per Berman, the franchise is afraid that the exit meeting fiasco “could lead to future acts of rebellion that would hurt the franchise’s image to other players.”
Things like this make you question Jackson’s judgment. He’s worried about Porzingis’ acts of rebellion, but he’s campaigning for Derrick Rose‘s return.
According to Ian Begley of ESPN New York, “Noah’s name came up in multiple discussions about possible Porzingis trades.”
Getting out from under Noah’s horrible contract would make what the Lakers did with Timofey Mozgov look like small potatoes. No general manager in the Association could pull that off.
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