Knicks big man Kristaps Porzingis subject of trade discussions

With Jackson eyeing Lauri Markkanen, a 7-foot Finn with a similar game to Porzingis', it appears the Latvian's days in NY could be numbered.

The Bulls have the 16th overall pick and the Knicks are slotted at No. 8, so either team likely would have to trade to a higher spot in the first round in order to select Jackson, who widely is projected as a top-five pick. The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski shared a juicy story on Tuesday morning, claiming the Knicks are willing to listen to trade offers for Porzingis.

Jackson met with Janis during the offseason, but no one from the Knicks organization has spoken to or heard from the 7-footer since the end of the season, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

The No. 4 overall pick in the 2015 draft, Porzingis averaged 18.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and two blocks per game last season while shooting 45 percent from the field and 36 percent from 3-point range. Porzingis' brother, Janis Porzingis, said Tuesday that his brother still loves New York City and wants to build a champion there. But he made it clear Porzingis will play through his contract and explore free agency if traded. Why Jackson would consider trading a talent like Porzingis is anyone's guess. He quickly became a fan favorite and at just 21 years old, was thought to be the face of the franchise for the next several years. If Jackson thinks his GM tenure can survive trading him away, he may want to start combing through the reactions on social media. If you're truly rebuilding, wouldn't the "Unicorn" be the flawless foundational piece?


Sam Amick later reported that the asking price for Porzingis is "very aggresive".

Jake Hyman is a Heavy contributor.

NY would also be acquiring Booker, who has scored at a historically astonishing rate during his brief National Basketball Association career.

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