After the Boston Celtics heard Phil Jackson is shopping Kristaps Porzingis, they put their prospects and assets to light for the New York Knicks.
The Boston Celtics are the only team in the NBA that can possibly get anybody they want, due to the fact they have first round draft picks like reporters got sources. When the Knicks put Kristaps Porzingis on full display, Boston knew it was a green light to pursue KP.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Celtics are reworking on a package deal to trade for Porzingis. In addition, Stein said Boston will include Jaylen Brown and the 2017 first round (No.3 overall) pick in the deal.
The Celtics remain in trade pursuit of Kristaps Porzingis, league sources say, trying to assemble a package to meet the Knicks' demands.
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 22, 2017
Dealing with Porzingis, the Knicks are asking for the moon according to Frank Isola of New York Daily News.
According to a Knicks source, Jackson is asking for the third overall pick in Thursday’s draft as well as next year’s Brooklyn pick along with the Celtics’ 2016 first-round pick Jaylen Brown (3rd overall) and Jae Crowder. This version of the deal would not include Boston taking on Joakim Noah’s contract.
Jackson is likely to get what he wants if any team wants Porzingis, who is a star-in-the-making. However, if the team doesn’t get what they are looking for in return, KP will not be dealt, according to Ramona Shelburne.
Knicks source on Phil right now: "he's dug in. If he doesn't get exactly what he wants, there will be no… https://t.co/aZJBuwJzii
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) June 22, 2017
With all their assets, the Celtics have explored other options, looking to move up in the 2017 NBA Draft in hopes of bringing Porzingis to Boston. According to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN, the Celtics are trying to acquire the No. 7 pick from the Minnesota Timberwolves to package in a deal for Porzingis.
— A. Sherrod Blakely (@SherrodbCSN) June 22, 2017
Porzingis, 21, averaged 18.1 Points, shooting 45 percent, and grabbed 7.2 rebounds per game in only his second NBA season.
Adding Porzingis will not only help the Celtics in the short term, but also in the long term. The Celtics can allow Al Horford to play his true position (as a power forward) and let KP play the center position.
Although, Boston is deadly at the three and does a grab job spacing out the floor, the addition of Porzingis will allow the floor to be spaced out at all times. Porzingis shot 35.7 percent from the three, just above the league average (35.8 percent). Not only will Porzingis help space out the floor, but it will also give Isaiah Thomas more space to drive to the hole and operate more isolation plays.