Despite parting ways with Carmelo Anthony in the offseason, the New York Knicks remain in a weird sort of limbo between building toward the future and trying desperately to keep their new franchise cornerstone placated. One look at their current roster reveals an organization having difficulty juggling these two realities.
With the trade deadline fast approaching, it’s ostensibly an opportunity for the franchise to start their rebuild in earnest as they have some veteran players that could be attractive for contenders looking to bolster their rotation. The only problem is that superstar center Kristaps Porzingis isn’t ready to just write the rest of this season off. In fact, he’d like the Knicks’ front office to add some pieces before the deadline to help make a playoff push.
It’s the sort of thing that, objectively speaking, seems counterproductive to their long-term goals, but try telling that to a hyper-competitive 22-year-old who already feels like his first two NBA seasons were a wash. When asked by reporters if he hopes the Knicks are buyers at the deadline rather than sellers and will look to bring in some help to make a playoff run, he responded with “of course.”