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Kristaps Porzingis' Brother Says PF Wants to Stay in NY Amid Knicks Trade Rumors

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJune 20, 2017

Mar 12, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA;  New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) in the fourth quarter at Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center.  Nets win 120-112.  Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports
Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports

Kristaps Porzingis' brother insists the Latvian star wants to remain with the New York Knicks

Per ESPN's Ian Begley, Janis Porzingis said his brother still wants to help the Knicks turn into a winning franchise. 

"Despite how the Knicks are treating their players, Kris wants to stay in New York," Janis said. "He loves the city and he loves the fans and he wants to win with this team. If he's going to be traded, he's going to play out his contract and decide his future on his own."

Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported Tuesday that Knicks president of basketball operations Phil Jackson hasn't ruled out possibly trading Porzingis, and there is a "frenzy of interest" around the NBA

The relationship between Porzingis and the Knicks has been a hot topic in New York since the team's season ended in April.

Begley reported on April 15 Porzingis skipped his end-of-season exit meeting with Knicks management "due to frustration over what he perceives as the dysfunction and drama surrounding the organization."

Porzingis just finished his second season in the NBA. The 21-year-old averaged 18.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 66 games last season.