Things Go South
Then there was no Porzingis. Out of the blue, the Knicks no longer had their Unicorn, the supposed essential piece for the team to rebuild around. Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke, and Courtney Lee were in Dallas and DeAndre Jordan, Dennis Smith Jr., and Wesley Matthews came to MSG.
The point guard the fans all were upset not to get the year before, DSJ, was now a Knicks player. As a result, the team now had a windfall to get not one but two max players in free agency.
Max players? What happened to the rebuilding fans were promised? Long story short New York Knicks were supposed to get Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving so they could ruin any chance they’d ever have for building a lasting winning franchise.
So the Knicks were not rebuilding. They wanted to scrap the whole thing and create a team that would/could exist around those superstars. A team based on two players who would take over the team in every facet including coaching and player transactions (look at the Nets).
It was also time for NYK to throw in the towel on 2018-19, so the prodigy, Zion might be drafted with their pick in the 2019 Draft. Unfortunately, the Knicks lost the draft lottery. They had to “settle” for Zion’s teammate, R.J. Barrett, third overall.