The rapid descent of the Knicks into one of the worst teams in the NBA this season, if not the worst, has created a heightened longing for Kristaps Porzingis.
“I’ll tell you what, we have a monster waiting in the wings,” David Fizdale said recently just minutes after another loss, selling hope from the dreary.
The Knicks have treated the re-signing of Porzingis as inevitable, even after the front office allowed him to become a free agent this summer.
There were logical reasons to forgo an early contract extension for Porzingis, namely because it saved the Knicks about $10 million in cap space to chase Kevin Durant. But as team president Steve Mills backs off his declaration that he will attract another superstar in 2019 — and as the team surrenders a sixth consecutive season to the draft lottery — it’s worth noting that Porzingis has stated priorities that run counter to the current Knicks’ reality.