NBA Rumors: Coach David Fizdale Insists Knicks ‘Stuck To The Plan’ After Trading Kristaps Porzingis

Head coach David Fizdale of the New York Knicks works the sidelines against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on January 01, 2019 in Denver, Colorado.

When they traded Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the New York Knicks decided to build the team around Kristaps Porzingis. The Latvian center’s promising performance in his first two seasons in the NBA made the Knicks decide to make him the new face of the franchise. Unfortunately, that didn’t last long.

Before the February NBA trade deadline, Kristaps Porzingis met with the Knicks to discuss the direction the team was headed. The meeting concluded with Porzingis expressing his desire to be traded somewhere else. The Knicks ended up trading Porzingis, together with Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke, and Courtney Lee, to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Dennis Smith Jr., Wesley Matthews, DeAndre Jordan, and two future first-round picks.

Most people are disappointed with how things turned out between Kristaps Porzingis and the Knicks, but Coach David Fizdale said in an interview with Marc Berman of the New York Post that everything that happened was part of their “plan.”

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