The New York Knicks seem to have their eyes set on one particular player in Thursday’s 2017 NBA Draft, and they’re reportedly willing to part with one of their star players in order to pick him.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Knicks are shopping Kristaps Porzingis with the hopes of moving up to the top four in the draft to select Kansas’ Josh Jackson.
Looking at the teams that pick in the top four, one sticks out as a legitimate trade partner: the Boston Celtics, who pick at No. 3. The Celtics certainly have more than enough assets to put together a package for Porzingis, and rumors have circulated that the C’s are, in fact, interested in potentially trading for the Latvian big man.
Of course, it would take much more than a top-four pick for a team to pry Porzingis away from the Knicks. In the case of the Celtics, they probably would have to part with at least one of its proven and/or young talents, such as Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart or Jaylen Brown.
It would then be up to Danny Ainge to decide whether or not a trade for Porzingis is worth potentially mortgaging Boston’s future. At 7-foot-3, Porzingis brings elite size and a strong scoring touch. The Celtics have been in dire need for help in the interior, and the 21-year-old Knicks star would bring that in spades.
And much like Ainge, Knicks president of basketball operations Phil Jackson isn’t afraid to pull the trigger on a big trade, even if it involves a supremely unique talent.
The Knicks might be hard-pressed to find a deal by draft night, but if they truly are that high on Jackson, Porzingis could be on his way out of New York.
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