(FiveThirtyEight)

New York Knicks president Phil Jackson isn’t ruling out trades for his prize possession power forward; Jackson met with a possible replacement for Kristaps Porzingis. 

The 2017 NBA offseason will go down as possibly having some of the most hectic, interesting, surprising and scattered trade rumors in history. You saw the Boston Celtics trade their No.1 overall draft pick to the Philadelphia 76ers, rumors surrounding Paul George to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves & Cavs, Cavs GM David Griffin departing and to add on top, the New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis enters the frenzy.

Forward Porzingis isn’t untouchable, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Teams across the league are aware of the possibility of trading for Porzingis. In addition, Wojnarowski said, “interest is growing today.”

Wojnarowski, stated that Jackson met with draft prospect Lauri Markkanen. He’s expected to land to New York with the eighth pick. Markkanen can shoot like Porzingis and is a better finisher than Porzingis. However, he doesn’t have the shot blocking and rim protecting ability in his repertoire. At 7’0″, he can add that to his arsenal deep in his NBA career.

Markkanen is possibly a Porzingis replacement. Besides, if traded, KP will get the Knicks something solid.

Porzingis, 21, didn’t have a good second season with the Knicks physically and mentally. Porzingis is a great stretch four and perfect for the NBA “New day of age” style of play, but his game regressed from his rookie campaign. Some might say his game didn’t improve because of the environment he’s in at New York.

This season, the Knickerbockers had negative headlines on the back of the newspaper almost every other week dealing with struggling players or front office questionable decision making. Let alone losing 51 games in a NBA season could definitely be problematic for a young star’s career.

Porzingis let his voice be heard when he didn’t show up for his exit meeting at the end of the season. Instead, KP went on an early vacation to show his frustration at the Knicks organization.

According to Ian Begley of ESPN, nobody from the Knicks organization has spoken with Porzingis since he missed his exit interview.

Per ESPN:

No one from the organization’s front office or coach Jeff Hornacek have been in touch with Porzingis since he missed the exit meeting, per sources.

For Knicks fans, this isn’t a good sign at all. Porzingis has had build up anger and frustration with the front office since the season started.

Sources told Marc Berman of New York Post, Porzingis was upset with the Knicks organization.

Per New York Post:

According to a source, Porzingis was disappointed throughout the season with how the franchise is being run. Porzingis still has two years left on his rookie contract.

Despite missing the playoffs for two straight years to begin his NBA career, he would at least like to see some light at the end of road. Earlier in the year, Porzingis ripped the organization for not having any idea on the next move for the franchise.

Per New York Post:

“No one’s comfortable with losing,’’ he said. “If it means going in the right direction and doing the right thing, let’s do that. But just having no idea the direction, then it’s not going to work out. The direction has to be clear what we want to do.”

The Latvian star showed his disbelief in New York throughout the entire season. There was one point when he questioned the coaches’ pre game plan. He pointed out the inconsistent game plans from new head coach Jeff Hornacek.

Per NBA:

“First of all, we don’t really know the triangle that well. We’re really basic with what we do,” he said. “So a lot of times, it’s basically one-on-one. Whoever it is. Me, Carmelo, Derrick, Courtney. We just try to make something happen. And that’s not how it’s supposed to be. It’s very random.”

If Porzingis doesn’t leave via trade this offseason, then he’s as good as gone when his rookie contract is over in two years.

UPDATE:

The Knicks are reportedly serious on trading Porzingis. KP Vs Knicks Organization is for real. Jackson wants to dump Joakim Noah’s contract out of the window ASAP.

The Knicks’ asking price for Porzingis is way too high. In addition, New York will add Noah in any deal dealing with Porzingis.