Kristaps Porzingis may be ticked off with Knicks management, but his camp says the cryptic Clippers tweet that was shared from his account Saturday night was not of his own doing.
A representative for Porzingis told ESPN Sunday that the Latvian forward was sound asleep when his Twitter account posted “LA Clippers” with three smiling emoji faces, and that he was apparetly the victim of a hack.
After blowing off his exit interview with Knicks president Phil Jackson last month, Porzingis fueled reports that he has become frustrated with the team’s dysfunction. Jackson said he’d be open to hear trade offers for the 21-year-old following the no-show.
A day before Porzingis’ Clippers tweet, which was immediately deleted, ESPN reported that multiple teams contacted the Knicks about his availability in a deal.
Porzingis also notably left the U.S. last month to announce his participation in this summer’s European championships as a member of Latvia’s national team — without receiving the Knicks’ approval.
The tweet was also similar to a post from the Twitter account of model Abigail Ratchford, whom Porzingis has previously been linked to romantically.
Ratchford’s message, which was also deleted, simply read “Clippers” with a green check mark.
The Clippers fell in Game 7 to the Jazz last week and have plenty of question marks heading into the offseason with impending free agents Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and JJ Redick. The team has also been linked to Carmelo Anthony, who has a no-trade clause with the Knicks. Los Angeles, however, refused to offer anything but role players for Anthony at the trade deadline.
Despite the apparent hack job, the Clippers now appear to have more than one Knicks star in their rumor mill.