Spurs have ‘significant interest’ in Knicks big man Porzingis

The San Antonio Spurs are one team with interest in New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, but landing him won’t be easy, according to a report from Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer.

O’Connor referenced a story by Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, which suggested re-signing Porzingis is no slam dunk for the Knicks.

“Negotiating an incentive-based deal with Porzingis could risk alienating him. All it takes is one team—like the Nets, as Bondy mentioned—to make Porzingis a max offer sheet worth four years and $122.1 million,” O’Connor wrote.

“The Spurs are also viewed as a team with significant interest in Porzingis, according to league front office sources, though it’d be difficult for San Antonio to create enough cap space this summer. In any case, signing a max offer sheet would make him an unrestricted free agent in 2023 (or in 2022 if it included a player option). If the Knicks keep Porzingis, they’ll likely have to pay him the max one way or the other.”

Porzingis is 7-foot-3 and has been sidelined since last season with an ACL tear. He could miss the entire year.

When healthy, he can do it all — as he averaged 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shots in 48 games in 2017-18.

That has opposing team dreaming of the possibilities should he slip away from the Knicks,as relayed by Jake Nisse of the New York Post.

“The Knicks are partly delaying locking up Porzingis to take advantage of greater cap space in 2019 — as The Post’s Marc Berman has reported — but the strategy could backfire if the center grows unsure about his future with the team,” Nisse wrote. “Knicks general manager Scott Perry would not answer a question directly in October about whether Porzingis was happy with his contract talks.”

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