Los Angeles Lakers have what New York Knicks desire for Kristaps Porzingis
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 24, 2017,
Jun 24, 2017, 9:22
That's how most Knicks fans are expecting it to go down at tonight's National Basketball Association draft. Jimmy Butler was one player who ended up getting moved.
The Boston Celtics now own the third pick and the fourth pick belongs to the Phoenix Suns. The Knicks would definitely get Jackson with the third overall pick, since the first two picks are all but locked in to be Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball. Boston balked and instead, made their pick with Jayson Tatum. They selected Kristaps Porzingis at No. 4 in 2015 and Tim Hardaway Jr.at No. 24 back in 2013. Phoenix likely balked at the Knicks asking price and instead, took Josh Jackson.
He left the team this week to go to NY for the draft, and he is expected to return to France by tonight so that he can play in the deciding game, against Élan Chalon. Whether the teenager works out or not for the Knicks remains to be seen.
Ntilikina's next stay in NY will last a lot longer. There is absolutely zero circumstances where this trade ends up being beneficial to the Knicks.
Due diligence is one thing, but anything short of publicly and vehemently denying the availability of one of the league's most valuable trade assets sends the wrong message - especially with the team bringing in Arizona's Lauri Markkanen, another tall prospect who can shoot, for a workout. Porzingis is slowly developing and blossoming right before everyone's eyes and continues to get better.
These are the exact words that are being mimicked by super #KnicksTape fans as he been hearing the wild rumors regarding the recent decisions Phil Jackson is planning to make for the team.
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.
The Knicks exec also opened up about his shock when Porzingis skipped the team's exit meetings last April, reportedly out of frustration over the team's dismal and dysfunctional season. "He loves the city and he loves the fans and he wants to win with this team". Can you blame us though?
Yesterday Phil Jackson confirmed that they are listening to deals surrounding the Latvian star. But he didn't do that. "No matter how much we value Kristaps and what he has done for us, when a guy does not show up at the starting meeting, everyone starts to speculate about the duration or their mobility in the team".