Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, who is eligible to sign a max contract extension this summer, still has a desire to remain in New York, his agent and brother, Janis, told Newsday's Al Iannazzone.
"He wants to be a Knick, no question about it," Janis said. "He always wanted to be a Knick."
The 22-year-old Porzingis, the face of the Knicks since they traded Carmelo Anthony, has averaged 23.1 points and 6.7 rebounds en route to his first All-Star Game selection.
Porzingis is in the third year of his rookie deal and the team picked up his 2018-19 team option already. Porzingis is earning $4.5 million this season and will earn $5.7 million next year. As of now, the team can extend a $7.5 million qualifying offer to him for the 2019-20 season, according to Spotrac, but New York can try to lock him up for longer.
Janis said in November Porzingis' priority isn't in the money, but rather winning.
"From their point of view," Janis said in November, "Kristaps is the focal point at the moment so you cannot upset him much or otherwise, at the end of the season, he will say 'it's not so cool here.' The second question is: Who is the New York audience coming to watch now? To a large extent, it's Kristaps. So the organization has to take that into account."
Porzingis, himself, had also previously said he would "absolutely" want to stay in New York for his entire career, but is focused more on getting the Knicks to the playoffs to win a title.
"Absolutely, I want to stay here all my career,'' Porzingis said last spring. "But the thing I want most of all is winning. When the time comes, I will seriously start to think about it. Right now I just try to do my best."