Kristaps Porzingis said some of his brother's comments about the player's future with the Knicks were taken out of context and that he sees himself as a Knick for a "long, long time." In an article published Tuesday, Janis Porzingis suggested that Porzingis would not decide to sign an extension solely because the Knicks can offer him the most money, fueling speculation that Porzingis would leave the Knicks rather than signing a rookie extension. Asked about the possible fan reaction to his brother's comments, Kristaps Porzingis on Friday strongly indicated that he planned to remain with the Knicks. "I think fans know I'm here in New York, I love New York and I see myself as a Knick for a long, long time," he said. "And I think they shouldn't be worrying about that." Porzingis, 22, is in his third NBA season. The 7-foot-3 star is averaging 27.9 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in seven games. He is eligible to sign a five-year rookie extension starting this summer that is worth between 25 and 30 percent of the salary cap (a projected $157 million to $188 million in total). If he wanted to become an unrestricted free agent, Porzingis would have to play his fifth season with the Knicks on a qualifying offer, which would be for $7.5 million -- significantly less annual money than he could earn via an extension.
Porzingis: 'I see myself as a Knick for a long, long time'
ESPN | Nov 3