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Kristaps Porzingis' close pal explains why ex-Knicks star wanted out

Kristaps Porzingis' close pal explains why ex-Knicks star wanted out
Published On: Mon, Mar 04
March 11, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) controls the ball against Los Angeles Clippers during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Willy Hernangomez understands why his buddy Kristaps Porzingis requested a trade from the Knicks.

a€œYeah. Sometimes you can understand the plans change a little bit. I think KP wasna€™t happy that they werena€™t treating him the best way, the way he really deserves,a€ Hernangomez told the Daily News. a€œI just think when you dona€™t think youa€™re a part of the organization or the future, you keep going. This is basketball. I think KP felt that way too. I think now hea€™s in a great place in Dallas to keep developing.a€

As the Daily News reported in January, Porzingis was skeptical about the Knicks organization, disenchanted by the losing, and wasna€™t guaranteed to sign as a restricted free agent in the summer. It has since been reported that the Knicks declined to offer Porzingis a max contract when he was eligible for an extension in the 2018 offseason, lending credence to the widespread belief that the team a€“ despite its public declarations a€“ also wasna€™t sold on Porzingis. By saying the Knicks a€œwerena€™t treating him the best way,a€ Hernangomez hinted that was manifested in other ways, as well.

Porzingis, who is out for the season while rehabbing from ACL surgery, wrote on Instagram after being traded, a€œThe city deserves better than that. a€¦My suggestion for Knicks fans is to STAY WOKE!!a€ However, he has still not addressed any issues publicly.

The Knicks shopped Porzingis for weeks before pulling the trigger on Feb. 6, just hours after a four-minute meeting where Porzingis declared his desire to be traded to either the Raptors, Heat, Nets or Clippers. The Knicks knew a trade request was coming and acted swiftly, using Porzingis to dump ugly contracts and create enough cap space for two max free agents this summer.

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