Kristaps Porzingis was involved in a physical altercation in his home country of Latvia earlier this month that left him bleeding from the head, but the Dallas Mavericks are confident the star big man was not at fault. User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.
Speculation was reinforced that Porzingis was jumped by a group of Russians, reportedly part of a gang, that was upset Porzingis switched teams in the middle of the season - Porzingis was traded by the Knicks to the Mavericks before February's trade deadline.
Team president Steve Mills said Wednesday that it wasn't the Knicks' preference to part with Porzingis, but he made it clear through an ultimatum that NY was no longer his preferred home.
"When he walked into our office-my office and Scott was sitting there with me-and point blank said to us, 'I don't want to be here, I'm not going to re-sign with the Knicks, and I'll give you seven days to try and trade me or I'm going back to Europe, '" Mills said.
He threatened to go back and play in Europe rather than re-signing in NY.
"Not new. Been reported here and elsewhere".
Janis, who made the decision for his brother to rehab in the offseason at Real Madrid, declined comment on him wanting out of NY.
The Knicks had no option but to trade Porzingis and they did so to the Dallas Mavericks in a deal involving Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee and Trey Burke in exchange for Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews and two future first round draft picks. NY also sent Courtney Lee, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke to Dallas.
Porzingis is scheduled to become a restricted free agent this off-season.