Kristaps Porzingis controls the ball in the fourth quarter against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO.

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Report: Knicks Almost Traded Kristaps Porzingis To Phoenix Last Season

May 24, 2018 - 4:37 pm
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By WFAN.com

The Phil Jackson era in New York was not the most popular time for the Knicks, as the NBA legend alienated himself from the team's players and its fanbase.

But a new report shows just how close Jackson came to making things significantly worse at Madison Square Garden.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Phoenix Suns had an opportunity to put a trade package together that would have resulted in Kristaps Porzingis being sent to the Suns.

"Last year, I thought Phoenix had a chance to get Porzingis if they were willing to put the fourth pick in, which would've been Josh Jackson," Woj said on the Ryen Russillo show.

Luckily for New York, the Suns balked on including the fourth overall pick in last year's draft, which led to talks breaking down. 

Woj added that Porzingis was not too excited about the prospect of playing in Phoenix and what his future would have been there.

Despite the Suns having several talented players on its roster, any trade package that would have dealt Porzingis to Phoenix, especially one that did not include Devin Booker being sent to New York, would have caused an uproar among the team's fanbase.

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Porzingis went on to average 22.7 points and 6.6 rebounds in 48 games last season before tearing his ACL on February 6. 

While the 22-year-old big man may miss the entire 2018-19 season, the All-Star has voiced his approval of the Knicks' hiring of David Fizdale as head coach.

The tweet was Porzingis' first public comment about the team's new head coach since New York hired Fizdale earlier this month.

Fizdale has already stated that establishing a strong relationship with Porzingis will be a top priority of his, even as 7-foot-3 forward rehabs from his ACL injury. The new head coach plans on making several trips to Europe throughout the offseason to visit his star player.

Porzingis will be eligible for a five-year extension worth up to $157 million this summer.