The New York Knicks traded away one star for the chance to sign two. He said he didn't question whether there was more he could have done to keep Porzingis happy in NY.
"This is just my opinion, not Anthony's", he said.
After addressing his impending free agency during the morning shootaround by saying "ask me July 1", Irving returned from missing the previous two games with a strained left hip and helped the Celtics win for the eighth time in nine games.
The Knicks didn't get James, or Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh, who all chose to team up in Miami. If they can't get Durant or Irving, or Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler or Kemba Walker, they can always save their space for 2020. First, disgruntled New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis asked for a trade but would not consider re-signing if acquired by the Celtics, fearing Irving might not be with the franchise for the long haul, sources told ESPN's Brian Windhorst.
The NBA's Most Valuable Player had a hard night; during one stretch, he missed 10 of 11 shots and four free throws as he finished nine of 21 from the field. Golden State is the other, with streaks of 11 and eight games. "Obviously I really worked hard to build a great relationship with him, going over to Latvia and everything, and really trying to involve him in a lot of the stuff that we're doing". Shaquille O'Neal said.
With those mitigating circumstances, Steve Mills and Scott Perry were never going to get 100 cents on the dollar for Porzingis.
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The problem is that those expectations were manufactured himself when he told a gathering of Celtics fans previous year that he wanted to remain with the team long-term. Dallas made this move to contend as soon as next year, which means those picks may not even be in the lottery if all goes according to their plan.
But they had two things working against them: Porzingis' health and his contract status.
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