Knicks F Mindaugas Kuzminskas says Kristaps Porzingis has made peace with the team and is happy to be a Knick.
Kuzminskas' Lithuania and Porzingis' Latvia will face each other in an exhibition game this weekend in route to the European Championship. The two have been working out together this offseason as Kuzminskas spent time with Porzingis in Latvia where he also attended his kids camp.
The 6-foot-9 Kuzminskas is certain that Porzingis has buried the hatchet, and is happy with being in New York.
"I don't think it was something personal against the club," Kuzminskas told The Post's Marc Berman. "If there [were] some problems I think they solved everything. No doubt he wants to be a Knick and he's said that."
Porzingis has been in Europe since the 2016-17 regular season ended, and Kuzminskas doesn't blame him considering the amenities he saw when working out with him in Latvia.
"He's got a whole big team there -- therapists, trainers -- so he's happy doing that," Kuzminskas said. "We were doing basketball, lifting, swimming in the pool, everything. It will be fun to play against him, but I'm more excited if our countries meet in the official game, not a friendly. Lithuania is usually better than Latvia, but this year they got better players and were really strong. We're similar countries. We call each other brothers."
The two forwards' relationship goes beyond the court as Porzingis attended Kuzminskas' wedding on July 6. Kuzminskas said his attendance was "the biggest wedding present he could give me."
Other than Porzingis, Kuzminskas touched on the Knicks' other high-profile star: Carmelo Anthony. With talks of Melo being traded, Kuzminskas would rather him stay in the blue and orange.
"Honestly I would like him as a teammate," Kuzminskas said. "He's a great leader and also he's in my position. A lot of people think I wouldn't want him here because I'm getting less minutes, but the opportunity to practice with him every day and see him every day in games, I would like to see him as my teammate."
The 28-year-old will enter his sophomore season with the Knicks this upcoming season, and with president Steve Mills and new GM Scott Perry focused on making the roster younger, Kuzminskas knows that he will need to work hard and improve if he wants to stay in New York.
"Everything depends on myself," he said. "If you are playing good in practice, using the time the right way, he'll let you play. I'm trying to improve to be more versatile and not just be a 3-point shooter, penetrating, posting up smaller defenders, help the team in more ways than 3-pointers."
Kuzminskas saw 68 games -- five of them starts -- in his rookie campaign last season. He averaged 6.3 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 1.0 assists. Touted as a sharp-shooter, he only shot 32.1 percent from beyond the arc.