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Kristaps Porzingis Trade Rumors Reportedly Alienating Players in Free Agency

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJune 21, 2017

FILE- In this Jan. 9, 2017 file photo, New York Knicks president Phil Jackson watches from the stands during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Madison Square Garden in New York. Jackson may be trying to trade Carmelo Anthony because he's given up trying to change him. That seemed to be the conclusion when he broke his Twitter silence with a tweet that was another dig at the star forward. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
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With rumblings Kristaps Porzingis could be on the trading block, the New York Knicks are reportedly diminishing interest that other players may have to join the franchise.

One agent explained to Sean Deveney of Sporting News how bad things have gotten for the Knicks heading into free agency this summer:

"I was talking to one of our players the other day, a free agent, and we were looking at our options. And it used to be, 'Yeah, get me to New York.' Even when they were struggling, there are guys who want to be in the city. But he was saying, 'no, no, not that environment, not now.' They're not just alienating their own players, they're alienating all players. They're making things hard on themselves there."

Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported Tuesday that Knicks president Phil Jackson hasn't ruled out the possibility of trading Porzingis.

Bleacher Report's Howard Beck later reported the Knicks aren't shopping Porzingis, though they have taken phone calls from other teams about his availability.

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The Knicks have fallen off a cliff since winning 54 games and reaching the Eastern Conference semifinals in 2012-13. They haven't won more than 37 games in any of the last four seasons, and the roster has gotten older and more expensive with players like Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.

Porzingis is New York's one franchise building block. The 21-year-old averaged 18.1 points and 7.2 rebounds in 66 games last season and is under contract for one more guaranteed year with a team option for 2018-19.

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