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"Frenzy" of interest growing among teams looking to acquire Kristaps Porzingis, per ESPN and Woj

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Knicks!

NBA: Indiana Pacers at New York Knicks Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Anyone know a good guy for cleaning coffee out of keyboards?

Make sure you swallow whatever food or drink you’re consuming, sit down, and read this:

Then Begley expanded a little with this:

The Knicks have gotten several calls from teams interested in trading for Kristaps Porzingis in recent days, per ESPN sources. Porzingis' brother, Janis, said that Porzingis loves New York and wants to win here. He reiterates that his brother will play out his contract and explore free agency if traded.

And then there’s this:

"Despite how the Knicks are treating their players, Kris wants to stay in New York," Janis Porzingis said. "He loves the city and he loves the fans and he wants to win with this team. if he's going to be traded , he's going to play out his contact and decide his future on his own."

So the Knicks have a young star who loves the city and wants to ride-or-die with this team and win here. Natural next step, trade him!

I honestly have no words for this. Unless the Knicks are about to get back LeBron James and Steph Curry, I can’t really see why they’d even entertain the idea of trading Porzingis.

If the Markkanen stuff is true, that makes this even more scary, since that shows Phil is actually seriously considering this move.

Here’s hoping that this is all smoke, no fire. Updates will come as available! (Hopefully of the “Phil Jackson committed to insane asylum, Knicks GM position given to LITERALLY ANYBODY ELSE” variety.)

UPDATE (1:41 p.m.): A little something from USA Today’s Sam Amick:

So there’s that, at least.

UPDATE (4:33 p.m.): THE UNICORN HAS SPOKEN:

For those unaware: FR = For Real. Used in a sentence: “You’re seriously trying to trade me? Are you FR right now?”

This is reminiscent of this clap-back from Melo after Phil’s end-of-season presser.

UPDATE (5:52 p.m.): Former Knicks and Lakers beat reporter (AKA well-connected with both Phil and the Knicks) Howard Beck is here to sooth all of our souls:

That makes me feel quite a bit better.