Sport 4 reasons to be irrationally excited about Kristaps Porzingis’s 2017-18 season

00:06  14 september  2017
00:06  14 september  2017 Source:   For The Win

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$ Kristaps Porzingis Contract Information: Signed a rookie-scale contract with the Knicks in July of 2015. Knicks exercised $ 4 .5 million option for 2017 - 18 season in October of 2016.

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I'm all about getting pumped about Kristaps Porzingis's 2017-18.

We all saw the Latvian unicorn take a step forward last season (18.1 points, nearly two threes, 7.2 rebounds and two blocks per contest), but there are signs he's about to make another leap this coming season (like the headline says, it's probably irrational! But we did this with Joel Embiid last year and look at how that turned out).

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The Cleveland Cavaliers want Kristaps Porzingis in a potential Kyrie Irving trade. Here are five reasons why the New York Knicks shouldn’t even consider trading Kristaps Porzingis before the 2017 - 18 season .

Here are a few:

1. He's bulking up

Just look at these Instagram photos!

A post shared by Kristaps Porzingis (@kporzee) on Sep 11, 2017 at 11:03am PDT


I stay working

A post shared by Kristaps Porzingis (@kporzee) on Sep 11, 2017 at 11:01am PDT

I wont be mad if you like all three of my pictures

A post shared by Kristaps Porzingis (@kporzee) on Sep 11, 2017 at 11:07am PDT


2. He was awesome during EuroBasket 2017

He hit shots from everywhere and was a defensive force. And he got in Anthony Randolph's face during a scuffle. Maybe that means he'll be even more aggressive next year!

3. Phil Jackson is gone

All of that trade talk that had Knicks fans screaming at their televisions, phones and laptops is gone, along with the embattled team president. Yes, Carmelo Anthony and all his drama is still tethered to the Knicks, but that shouldn't concern Porzingis. All he needs to focus on is that next step to superstardom.

Also, he still loves basketball.

4. He's saying all the right things

From NBA.com:

"So far it's been tough in New York, but my journey is only beginning and I hope to stay there my whole career, so as a city we can have some fun and win some games and do something big," he said.

"For me, it's now home."

That will help calm Knicks fans a little after the way he was treated this summer. And what does he think of Anthony?

"He's an All-Star, an incredible player and I've learned so much from him," Porzingis said. "There's still so much for me to learn from him. I would love to have him around and keep playing alongside him. But it is what it is. It's a business. If it ends, well … I don't know, it's out of my hands. I'm really thankful for these couple of years I've been with him, just seeing how he works during the summer. It proves he wants to win and he wants to be great. I'm sure he'll make the right decision for himself."

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11/ 18 /15 11:14 am . Filed to: kristaps porzingis . Who knows where Porzingis ’s career is eventually headed, but right now he’s squarely in that zone—far enough above his floor to be genuinely exciting , but not close enough to his ceiling to be boring—where new players are most enjoyable.

On Saturday afternoon in Las Vegas, Kristaps Porzingis made his highly anticipated debut in front of Throughout his 18 minutes of court time, Porzingis displayed a strong awareness on the defensive side of the floor. That's something that we ' re going to be really excited about as we go forward."

It's exactly what you want to hear out of him - nothing to stir up trouble, support for Anthony while also saying basketball is "a business," which doesn't get him into hot water with the franchise.

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Knicks need Carmelo Anthony gone and Kristaps Porzingis here .
Barring an 11th-hour deal, Carmelo Anthony will remain with the Knicks next week when the team holds their annual media day to tip off the start of training camp. So while the message is one of rebuilding and looking toward the future, the focus will stay on Carmelo’s uncertain status and the dysfunction that intensified during the Phil Jackson era. Or error. Take your pick.In July, a source familiar with the negotiations between the Knicks and Houston Rockets told The Daily News that the teams had discussed parameters of a potential trade, and that the deal was on the “two-yard line.

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