Tensions have been high between Kristaps Porzingis and the Knicks in the past, but New York president Steve Mills believes the team has mended its relationship with the star.
During an interview with ESPN Radio's "The Stephen A. Smith Show," Mills disclosed Porzingis is thrilled with the team's direction and the franchise has resolved their differences, starting with his brother Janis.
"We've worked really hard in rebuilding the relationship with KP. For (general manager Scott Perry) and me, it's been with his brother," Mills said, per ESPN. "We had to make Janis, who is his agent and his brother, make him feel like he was part of our group and let him understand what we're doing as a team, where we're taking this thing."
Mills added he doesn't have any concerns Porzingis would seek a trade. The 22-year-old is is eligible this summer for a five-year extension worth more than $150 million, ESPN notes.
"We communicate with KP all the time. And we know he feels good about directionally where we're going," Mills added. "I think you can see that through some of his tweets and social media stuff, and our conversations with him. He's back on board with where we're going and we feel really good about his future with us."
Some of the reported tension involved Porzingis being upset with the way then-Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek treated him, resulting in Porzingis skipping his exit interview last year out of frustration. David Fizdale replaced Hornacek in May.
Porzingis is currently in his home country of Latvia rehabbing an ACL injury, but Mills said Fizdale plan to visit him once Summer League play ends.