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NBA Rumors: Spurs Have 'Significant Interest' In Kristaps Porzingis


The Spurs are suddenly 7 games over .500, sit at 6th in the West and proving why nobody should ever count them out.

It hasn't stopped their interest in acquiring another young player, however, and could be keen to make a move when free-agency hits in the summer. In a report by The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor, the team has a significant interest in Knicks' big man Kristaps Porzingis.

The Spurs are also viewed as a team with significant interest in Porzingis, according to league front office sources, though it’d be difficult for San Antonio to create enough cap space this summer.

Unfortunately, Porzingis has yet to make his debut this season, as the ACL he's been rehabbing is still in its recovery phase. There's no telling when he might return or how he might look when he finally does.

It'll be a gamble, for sure, but it makes sense why the Spurs would want him. Besides having a natural liking towards European stars, Porzingis is the perfect modern big. In his three years in the NBA, he's averaged 17.8 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, 43 percent field goal shooting and 1.3 assists. He can play both outside and inside while being a nice rim protector on the defensive end.

To get him, they'll have to free up cap space this summer to make him an appealing enough offer. Even so, he'll be a restricted free-agent with neither side showing interest in a split. So, it'll be more than challenging to rip him out of New York this summer.

Still, we've seen crazier things happen, right?