Report: Knicks want to move Kristaps Porzingis to acquire Josh Jackson
The Kristaps Porzingis story is one that just gets more interesting by the hour.
In a week loaded with rumors of the Knicks looking to move Porzingis for the best return possible, Knicks president Phil Jackson has by all means confirmed that the towering Latvian, who averaged 18.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game this past season, is on the trade block should the right deal come their way before tomorrow night’s NBA Draft.
“We’re getting calls,” the 71-year-old Jackson confirmed to MSG Live on Wednesday night. “As much as we value Kristaps and what he’s done for us, when a guy doesn’t show up for an exit meeting, everybody starts speculating on the duration or the movability from a club, so we’ve been getting calls.
“We’re listening but we’re not intrigued yet at this level, but as much as we love this guy, we have to do what’s good for our club.”
If Jackson’s comments weren’t enough, the rumor was only strengthened when a Facebook Live video from Adrian Wojnarowski and the Vertical noted that the Knicks are shopping Porzingis with the hopes that they could find a way to move up into the top four of Thursday’s draft in order to draft Kansas standout Josh Jackson.
Without getting into the specifics in regards to the Jayhawks’ Jackson, the Knicks boss did comment on what the driving force behind a Porzingis trade would be for the Knicks.
“Future,” Jackson said when asked what’s best for them. “Does it bring us two starters and a draft pick or something that’s even beyond that is something we have to look at as far as going down the road. We know what he is. He’s a unicorn and he’s special.”
It was also clear that the decision made by the 21-year-old Porzingis to skip his exit interview with the Knicks irritated Jackson, even if he didn’t flatout admit it.
“I don’t think I’ve ever had a player over 25 years of coaching, maybe 30, not come to an exit meeting,” Jackson, an NBA fixture as a coach or executive since the 1980s, said. “So it’s not happened to me, I know it happens to other people and other players.”
But if it’s Jackson that the Knicks want, a deal that sends Porzingis to the Celtics may be their best route. The Celtics currently hold the No. 3 overall pick thanks to their trade with the Sixers on Monday, and with the Sixers expected to take Markelle Fultz at No. 1 overall and Lakers likely leaning towards picking Lonzo Ball at No. 2, a deal with Boston means the Knicks would seemingly be in the clear to land their guy. ESPN has also reported that the Knicks are seeking a young player on a star track in addition to a top-five pick in any deal for Porzingis.
The 7-foot-3 Porzingis, drafted by New York with the fourth overall pick in 2015, has averaged 16.1 points per game through the first 138 games of his NBA career.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog