Danny Ainge says Porzingis rumors were ‘blown out of proportion’
Phil Jackson clearly isn’t happy with Kristaps Porzingis and the rest of the league is on high-alert. When the Knicks president acknowledged on Wednesday that the team was “fielding calls” for the Latvian forward and the Celtics were among those linked to the trade talks, a social media frenzy ensued.
Danny Ainge shot down the rumors on Thursday night, though.
“I don’t comment on trade rumors,” Ainge said when asked how close the Celtics were to a deal with New York. “I will say this – that it was a little blown out of proportion, but I’ll just leave it at that. A lot more talk by you guys.”
Ainge is of course referring to the media in this case, which went into overdrive after The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Tuesday that Jackson wasn’t ruling out the possibility of moving the 21-year-old.
While the C’s have a flurry of young talent, Chris Mannix posited on OMF Friday that Boston could have acquired even more in Porzingis if they still held the No. 1 pick in the draft.
It appeared that the asking price for Porzingis was incredibly high, though. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as the 7-foot-3 Knicks’ star averaged 18.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and two blocks per contest last year. He is only going to get better, and is a rare two-way big man who can shoot the three.
According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, Jackson was seeking the Celtics’ third overall pick in the draft, their Brooklyn first-round pick in 2018, Jae Crowder and the Celtics’ No. 3 pick from last year Jaylen Brown.
The Celtics clearly value Brown highly, and his name could have been a sticking point in trade talks. On Friday, Danny Ainge told CSNNE that when Brown’s name gets mentioned in trade discussions, “we hang up.”
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Source: GreenStreet Blog