By the end of his rookie season, it was pretty obvious that the Knicks needed to move on from the Carmelo Anthony era and embrace a rebuild around Kristaps Porzingis.

Unless you are Phil Jackson. Unless your goal is to leave the Knicks as a legacy to the brilliance of the Triangle offense above all else.

After Porzingis blew off his end-of-season meeting with Jackson there was serious talk about trading him, reports Ian Begley of ESPN. However, we start this bit of an excerpt from earlier in his story about 2017 and the Knicks with the idea that most wanted to build around Porzingis.