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Steve Mills Discusses Kristaps Porzingis Trade

Steve Mills Discusses Kristaps Porzingis Trade
Published On: Sun, Feb 03
Apr 6, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) on the sidelines during a time out during the first quarter against the Charlotte Hornets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Knicks made the decision to trade Kristaps Porzingis last week, ending a three-and-a-half year run that featured several different highs and lows. Porzingis, the teama€™s 2015 lottery pick, began to express his displeasure with the team and its losing ways, culminating in a meeting between him, his agent and Knicks management last Thursday.

a€œWe started to get a feel that everything wasna€™t going as well as we woulda€™ve liked with Kristaps,a€A Knicks president Steve Mills said in an interview on MSG. a€œSo Scott [Perry] and I spent a lot of time saying, a€˜Okay. We need to be prepared if things arena€™t going well or if he doesna€™t want to be here, or that we need to be ready.'a€A 

Mills then revealed he held exploratory trade conversations with several different teams to test Porzingisa€™ value, sifting through the best offers before zeroing in on a package from the Mavericks.

a€œWe at the end of the day had about eight potential scenarios we thought would be great for us if we made the decision that we were going to trade Kristaps,a€ Mills said.

It was then in the meeting, which was held just hours before the trade, that Porzingis officially made his trade request alongside his brother and agent Janis Porzingis.

For the Knicks, reaching a trade agreement before the February 7 trade deadline was paramount. Porzingis was set to become a restricted free agent at seasona€™s end, and made his intentions known that he would sign elsewhere if the team didna€™t honor his request.

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