Boston Celtics Rumor: New York Knicks Willing To Trade Kristaps Porzingis, Celtics Could Be In On It
Want to stir up the pot a bit more ahead of the NBA draft? Well that is just what the New York Knicks have done by apparently taking offers in trading Kristaps Porzingis. And yes, there is a chance the Boston Celtics could piece together a package.
For some reason, Knicks president Phil Jackson is apparently willing to trade the 21-year-old power forward/center, as reported Tuesday morning by Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski. Turning 22 in July, Porzingis is already an NBA star. The fourth pick in the 2015 draft, the Latvian big man became the first player in NBA history to record over 1000 points, 500 rebounds, 75 three-pointers and 100 blocks as a rookie.
Through two seasons, Porzingis has averaged 19 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. His career-high in points is 35, which came last November against the Pistons.
Though New York’s asking price is unknown, the Celtics would figure to have better assets than anyone.
A package that might seem enticing for Jackson could be the No.3 pick in this years draft paired with either the Lal or Sac pick depending on where those picks end up falling in addition to the player of choice for the Knicks. A player like that could be Marcus Smart.
Sources: As teams become aware Phil Jackson isn’t ruling out possibility of trading Kristaps Porzingis, frenzy of interest is growing today.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 20, 2017
One of the reasons behind this according to Woj is the Knicks are interested in drafting Lauri Markkanen with their No.8 pick if they move Porzingis. Markkanen has been getting comparisons to Porzingis.