BOSTON (CBS) — If Kristaps Porzingis gets traded prior or during the NBA Draft, he will likely be the best player to join a new team on Thursday.
It’s for that reason that Celtics — owners of the No. 3 overall pick, as well as many others in this and the next several drafts — remain in pursuit of acquiring the suddenly available forward.
ESPN’s Marc Stein reported Thursday afternoon that the Celtics are doing what they can in order to convince Phil Jackson to send Porzingis to Boston.
However, given the high demands from New York, it’s not entirely clear whether or not the Knicks are serious about trading the budding star.
According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, the Knicks want:
–No. 3 pick in 2017
–Brooklyn first-round pick in 2018
The Celtics aren’t quite ready to give up that much, but they’re not exactly worlds apart.
The 7-foot-3 forward will turn 22 years old in August. He averaged 18.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.0 blocks for the Knicks last year. He was originally drafted fourth overall in the 2015 Draft by the Knicks, and he was named to the NBA’s All-Rookie team that season.
He and the Knicks are in the midst of some disagreements, hence the shopping on the trade market. But it’s clear that if the Knicks are going to send him away, it will only be at a very hefty price.