The Knicks relationship with Kristaps Porzingis may have taken another turn for the worse.
And apparently nothing has changed, according to the New York Daily News. Janis Porzingis, the agent and brother of Kristaps, met with Phil Jackson a couple days ago in an attempt to bury the turmoil between the two parties and accomplished nothing.
After one of the most dysfunctional seasons from a National Basketball Association team in recent memory, Porzingis' frustration boiled over to him standing Jackson and Knicks general manager Steve Mills up shortly after a 31-51 regular season wrapped up.
As their relationship with Kristaps Porzingis sits on rocky terrain, the Knicks made a curious decision to not renew the contract of popular assistant Josh Longstaff, the Daily News has learned. Earlier this month, he said in an interview with ESPN that Kristaps Porzingis wishes to remain in NY but also wants the club to create an environment conducive to player development and winning. Either way, Porzingis likely won't be happy that Longstaff isn't returning.
Longstaff came from Oklahoma City as part of Derek Fisher's original coaching staff to start the 2014-15 season and had become more of a developmental coach, working out with players. He even went out of his way to train with Porzingis during the previous offseason in Latvia. He then followed Fisher to NY alongside assistant Brian Keefe, who moved to the Lakers' bench last season.
The Knicks put further emphasis on Jackson's triangle offense following the All-Star break, and Porzingis spoke about how there was "a lot of confusion" within the team.
So the equation for Jackson is actually quite simple: swallow your pride and get Porzingis back on good terms so he can lead this team for the next decade. Trading the young superstar may not be entirely out of the question if things continue along this path. Porzingis, 21, is considered a franchise cornerstone that any team would be lucky to have.