NBA Rumors: Spurs Could Make A Go For Porzingis
The San Antonio Spurs are in a semi-rebuild mode as they move past the big three and the Kawhi Leonard era. Regardless, they are still slugging it out with the rest of the pack in the Western Conference with a 24-17 mark despite the ongoing overhaul.
Such is why the Spurs are a good team any rising player may want to be in. They have a proven coach in Gregg Popovich, someone who has helped players rise from the ashes. The most notable is, of course, Kawhi Leonard and others such as Danny Green and Patty Mills.
One player, remote as it may sound, they could target is Kristaps Porzingis. The 7-foot-3 Latvian made quite an impact since his debut with the New York Knicks back in 2011. Unfortunately, the injury bug has not spared him and he has yet to play this season. But that has not stopped other teams from potentially considering him to become part of the fold. This includes the Spurs.
Kevin O'Connor of the Ringer mentioned the possibility of Porzingis heading to San Antonio although there were several factors to consider. Among them include the ability of the Spurs to create the necessary cap space to accommodate the 23-year-old beanpole.
Aside from that, there is the question on whether Porzingis is inclined to leave Gotham. He had at one time said he is happy in New York even if he was not given a contract extension. That was something that puzzled pundits although that was later on explained as a move to give the Knicks added flexibility in the summer since they could still have $10 million to spend in the offseason, Ian Begley said.
Hence it may all fall on whether Porzingis would get the max offer this summer. He can get as much as $122.1 million for four years, a huge amount the Spurs will have to work on. As far as the Knicks, the New York Daily News said that KP may only get an offer below the max value, something that may not be acceptable.
Pair that of with the fact that Porzingis had previously stressed to win, the Spurs may have the lead once decision time does come around. The possibility of seeing him shore up the Spurs frontline alongside LaMarcus Aldridge looks daunting, something that may rekindle the glory days of San Antonio when David Robinson and Tim Duncan manned the interior from 1997 to 2003. That produced two NBA titles, one in 1999 and the other in 2003.