What are the Knicks doing with National Basketball Association draft, Kristaps Porzingis?

It didn't come as a surprise to read that Knicks president Phil Jackson has an interest in obtaining the most productive, versatile one-and-done player in Kansas history.

Phil Jackson rarely interacts with the media these days, but he made an exception for his employer, appearing on MSG Network on Wednesday, just ahead of the National Basketball Association draft.

"As much as we value Kristaps and what he's done for us", Jackson said, "when a guy doesn't show up for an exit meeting everyone starts speculating on the duration or movability from a club". At this point, we can't rule out that he is willing to dispose of the franchise gem for a guy who shares his last name.

The Vertical also reported that Jackson met with Lauri Markkanen, a 7-footer out of Arizona, who could be an option for the Knicks with the No. 8 pick in Thursday's draft if the team deals Porzingis.

Josh Jackson passing up a chance to work out for the Celtics adds intrigue to the draft, but it doesn't mean they won't draft him, either to keep or to trade. If he does get dealt, he would likely bring a huge haul that could decimate the Celtics' stockpile of future draft picks, not to mention the current roster. "We know what he is, he's a unicorn, and he's special".

Also, relationship with Porzingis doesn't appear to be either after Porzingis skipped the Knicks' exit meetings.

Where a Millsap or Butler would align with Bledsoe's immediate success more than Booker's, Porzingis is on his rookie deal and acquired in a trade would be eligible on his new team to sign the new super-max contract when his current contract ends.

As a unique talent, Porzingis would be a great addition to any team that might trade for him. Jackson's 2015, though, made a big impact: Porzingis fourth and Willy Hernangomez 35th, the latter pick made by the 76ers but shipped to NY the same night.

Frustrated with the direction of the franchise and the drama surrounding the team, Porzingis blew off the exit interview with Jackson, general manager Steve Mills and coach Jeff Hornacek.

I wonder if Joel Embiid knows how to say "Trust the Process" in Latvian.

Porzingis' brother Janis told the New York Daily News that the star doesn't want to be traded. "He loves the city and he loves the fans and he wants to win with this team".

"It might be time for him to find an opportunity to go somewhere else", Jackson said of Anthony.

Porzingis has averaged 16.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in his two seasons with the Knicks.

Doc Rivers admitted a year ago that he is a big fan of the Knicks' power forward and not many Clippers fans will disagree with him. Last year, Jackson traded for Derrick Rose hours before the NBA Draft. We have young players that are on their move up.

  • Julie Sanders