Boston Celtics Interested In Trading For Kristaps Porzingis

Jeannette Daniel
June 21, 2017

Jackson considers Markkanen, a 7-foot jump-shooting forward, a replacement for Porzingis and is considering selecting him with the team's No. 8 overall pick in Thursday's National Basketball Association draft. Porzingis shot 35.7 percent from the 3-point arc on nearly five attempts per game last season while blocking 2.0 shots per game.

The NBA offseason has barely gotten started but it has already been nothing short of entertaining.

If either the Bulls or Knicks want to have a shot at drafting Jackson, it will likely require a blockbuster trade.

The C's appear poised to keep the No. 3 pick in Thursday's NBA Draft.

The Knicks are poised to begin listening to rival teams' pitches on potential Porzingis deals, league sources said.

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The Vertical noted that the Knicks are "determined to acquire a frontline guard, something that a trade for Porzingis could gain for them" before adding that the decision to trade the 7-foot-3 forward could result in tremendous backlash among the fan base.

In 2016-17, he averaged 18.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and two blocks as the Knicks struggled through a second straight 50-loss season. Phil Jackson was already nearly universally despised by Knicks fans for his treatment of Carmelo Anthony a year ago, coupled with the signings of Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose that crippled the Knicks' cap space in the name of bringing on aging or injured veterans past their primes.

The Knicks, meanwhile, have fielded multiple calls in recent days from teams interested in star forward Kristaps Porzingis, ESPN confirmed Tuesday.

Porzingis' brother Janis, however, has insisted that Porzingis wants to remain a Knick, although he said they are frustrated with the lack of communication.

Knicks fans, who have grown to expect losing and turmoil with the team, have taken to social media to express their disgust with the organization, especially Phil Jackson. He was the fourth overall pick in the 2015 draft.

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