Kristaps Porzingis has reportedly indicated to the New York Knicks that he prefers to be traded, according to the latest intelligence from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne.
This new info comes on the heels of an earlier report from ESPN saying that Porzingis was concerned over the Knicks' direction and continued pattern of losing. New York is currently 10-40, which is bad enough to secure the worst record in the NBA as of now.
Porzingis has not played at all this season as he continues to recover from the torn ACL that felled him in February 2018. He was averaging 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game at the time of the injury, and had been selected to the Eastern Conference All-Star team.
There had been hope that a fully-healthy Porzingis, along with 2018 first-round pick Kevin Knox and the team's upcoming selection in the 2019 lottery, could slowly begin returning the Knicks to respectability as early as next season.
Now, Porzingis could be moved as soon as next week's trade deadline.
The first question on everyone's mind is could Porzingis be used as a trade chip to acquire Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans. He likely could, but the Knicks would probably have to include Knox and this year's first-round pick in any Davis deal.
A potential three-way deal between the Knicks, Lakers and Pelicans would be intriguing, particularly if Davis, Porzingis and the Lakers' group of youngsters are all involved.