By Maxwell Ogden
If the New York Knicks are going to draw free agents to The Mecca, Kristaps Porzingis must appeal to them. General manager Scott Perry believes he will.
The New York Knicks are rebuilding in more ways than the average down-on-their-luck organization. In addition to compiling up-and-coming talent for the gradual return to prominence, the front office is attempting to change its reputation around the NBA.
One of the driving forces behind that focus is the Knicks’ inability to convince high-profile free agents to play in New York, let alone take a meeting.
New York has hired a number of respected individuals who should help connect with future free agents, including head coach David Fizdale and general manager Scott Perry. As always, however, it’s the franchise player who will be tasked with helping close the deal.
“I think Kristaps is going to be an excellent player in this league. I think he’s gaining the respect of many of his peers around this league so we’re excited about that,” Perry said on Tuesday, per ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “Anytime you get the respect of fellow players around in this league, and we’ve heard that from around (the league), I think that’s a good thing. And we feel real confident about him being an important part of our building...