New York Knicks Rumors
Sources told Ramona Shelburne and I that Noah’s name came up in multiple discussions about possible Porzingis trades with Jackson and the Knicks looking to send out the remainder of the four-year, $72 million contract that he signed last offseason. Butler factored in because one of the many offers discussed between Boston and the Knicks, per sources, included Boston’s third pick, a second 2017 lottery pick and an additional player (Jaylen Brown, Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart were among the names discussed).
League sources said Knicks president Phil Jackson’s trade requests to at least two teams were beyond extreme and that they may have just been a ploy to motivate Porzingis, the 7-foot-3 Latvian who seemed to anger Jackson by skipping an end-of-season exit interview.
Running counter to that type of forthcomingness is Kristaps Porzingis’ decision to skip his exit meeting, which Oakley told the Daily News was the wrong move. It especially annoys Oakley that Porzingis had the audacity to pull that off as a second-year player with a 63-101 record on his resume
“He’s wrong for that. You can’t do that,” Oakley told the News on Friday, two days before his debut as a player/coach with Ice Cube’s Big3 League at Barclays Center. “Not being two years in the league and you’ve been on the team two years and you won 32 games and 31 games. I mean, you don’t do that. Especially when you’re in town (at the same time the meeting was supposed to take place). You don’t do that. That’s wrong.”
“(Porzingis) should tell (Jackson) himself. That’s why you got a mouth,” Oakley said. “All they can do is trade you or keep you. But you got to realize that you have an opinion too. You can’t worry about what they will do. But all you can do is tell them to respect you. When they disrespect you, you have a right to say something to them. If you disrespect them, they have a right to say something to you. You can’t be sensitive. It’s a two-way street.”
Retired NBA forward Lamar Odom tweeted a letter his lawyer, Saam Zangeneh, penned to ESPN Friday in response to a highly suggestive comment Smith made about Odom on his morning talk show. In a rant about Phil Jackson’s questionable decisions as president of the Knicks, the ESPN voice pointed to Jackson signing Odom at the end of the 2013-14 season even though the big man “was on crack,” Smith argued on “First Take.”
Zangeneh’s letter — which Odom captioned with the hashtags “#slander” and #”ihopewearebetterthanthis” — denied Odom was on drugs when he joined the Knicks on the back-end of his career, but suggested the accusation was not the biggest problem he and Odom had with Smith’s comment.