Kristaps Porzingis wants the Knicks to acquire talent before trade deadline

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The New York Knicks are 22-28 and have lost 14 of their last 19 games overall.

With the February 8 trade deadline fast approaching, team president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry will have some tough decisions to make.

Currently outside of the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference, should the team trade away veteran talent in the hopes of re-stocking for the future with draft picks and young prospects?

Should they look to add a couple of pieces to their current group and attempt to make a run for the eighth seed?

Or, should they keep their roster in tact and live with whatever the results are?

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Star big man Kristaps Porzingis, who became the face of the franchise after Carmelo Anthony left, wants the team to pick the second of those options.

"Playoff experience for myself, individually, would be huge at this point in my career -- the sooner, the better," Porzingis told reporters on Monday, per ESPN's Ian Begley. "And for most of the [Knicks] -- most of the guys haven't felt that playoff experience that everybody talks about -- that the guys talk about that have been there. For myself, selfishly I would want to play in the playoffs but we'll see what happens and how we can end the season."

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Begley's sources told him that opposing teams have expressed interest in several Knicks, including Willy Hernangomez, Kyle O'Quinn, Enes Kanter, Lance Thomas and Courtney Lee. Judging by Michael Beasley's production and the fact that he's on an expiring, veteran's minimum contract, he would also most likely be an attractive target in the trade market.

Porzingis made it clear that he has one goal for this season.

"I think they know I want to be in the playoffs and that's the only thing on my mind. I'm not going to go in there and be like no, we're tanking. There's no reason to play," Porzingis explained. "[Making the playoffs is] only thing I'm focused on. What I need to do on the court to play better, make my team win."

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If the Knicks decide to go against his word, Porzingis said that he will continue to play hard, just like any professional would.

"I don't think it's healthy for any player to have that in their minds," he noted. "Whatever happens, you give your all on the court and if it doesn't work out and you can't win games then something else good might happen and you have that. But as a player your mindset has to be going out and giving 110 percent and live with the results."

It will be fascinating to see the direction that New York decides to go in.

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