Knicks' asking price for Kristaps Porzingis is 'very aggressive'
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 24, 2017,
Jun 24, 2017, 9:54
The team had a rarity in today's game: A unicorn who fought back against the boos he heard and tears he saw on draft night, who thrived in the glaring NY spotlight.
Jackson went on to say that dealing Kristaps would be good for the future of the team, noting they could get "two starters and a draft pick, or something that is even beyond that". But just when they thought that things couldn't possibly get any worse, Sporting News' Sean Deveney came out with a report saying free agents don't want to go to NY anymore because of the team's dysfunction.
But the NBA Trade Machine doesn't account for common sense, which tells us there's no way the Knicks and Bulls would deal superstar talent for such mediocre returns (then again, Jackson is involved). DraftExpress.com now has the Knicks projected to take Kentucky freshman shooting guard Malk Monk.
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!
Either way, we can expect a ton of teams to call the Knicks about the availability of Porzingis.
Ntilikina will most likely receive playing time with the Knicks right away, despite his youth. They've been this way for decades, and adding Jackson to the mix has only made matters worse.
Jackson said that in his time coaching that he has never had a player skipped a meeting and was surprised because he's had a good relationship with Porzingis.
Apparently, the Knicks are already eyeing Arizona's Lauri Markkanen as a potential replacement and they may select him with the eighth overall pick in the draft.
Ntilikina's next stay in NY will last a lot longer.
Is Jackson trying to send a message to Porzingis with this talk? "I think over the last few trading periods it's been a little bit of a hurdle, but the bottom line is we have to do the deals we believe in".