The San Antonio Spurs are rumored to have "significant interest" in injured New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis.
The power forward hasn't played at all this season, as he recovers from a torn ACL. And, according to RealGM, the Western Conference outfit is keen on signing the player in free agency despite the financial challenges they could face.
"The San Antonio Spurs are viewed as a team who would have significant interest in Kristaps Porzingis in free agency," the above publication's report reads.
Spurs Interested In Pursuing Kristaps Porzingis In Free Agency https://t.co/igIFQijqWg— RealGM (@RealGM) January 8, 2019
"Porzingis will be a restricted free agent this offseason as the Knicks also pursue max free agents.
"The Spurs would have a difficult time creating enough cap space this offseason to sign Porzingis."
San Antonio could have difficulty in creating cap space for the Latvian star, who could receive a max offer sheet of $158.1 million over five years when he becomes a restricted free agent in the summer, per The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor. But the Knicks could be open to letting him leave as they could be pursuing top free agents themselves.
Kevin Durant is thought to be their main target in free agency. And his signature could be quite the coup. Having both Durant and Porzingis, though, should be their main aim right now.
Back in 2017, the forward told Latvia press that he wants to spend his entire career with the Knicks.
"Absolutely, I want to stay here all my career," he said. "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."
The Spurs could make a compelling offer in the summer, providing they can free up the space. But the Knicks, if they can pair him up with an All-Star, should hold the advantage.
What This Means
It has been reported that the Knicks could attempt to re-sign the player at a sum below max value with injury protections, similarly to the way the Philadelphia 76ers dealt with Joel Embiid.
Porzingis might not be all that keen on such an offer and could have his head turned by Gregg Popovich and the Spurs if they do come knocking, no matter what the Knicks put on the table.