Could the Celtics steal away the Knicks’ disgruntled star?
On Friday night, a report came out the Knicks big man Kristaps Porzingis skipped his exit interview due to his frustrations over the team’s dysfunction. This is on the heels of a day that featured Carmelo Anthony and GM Phil Jackson trading shots at each other.
Chalk this up as another mistake made by Phil Jackson this year while handling the Knicks roster. While wrapped up in a feud with his own player, Jackson managed to frustrate the one player that he couldn’t afford to. Porzingis is the best player on the Knicks, and has a good chance at becoming one of the dominant stretch bigs in the NBA.
For the Celtics, this is good news. There was zero chance of Porzingis getting traded before yesterday, but now the door has been cracked open. Danny Ainge can offer any combination of picks and players to make Jackson think that it’s a better idea to let Porzingis go than keep him.
Porzingis would make the Celtics one of the best offensive teams in the league over night. He would fit right into Brad Stevens’ system, as he can stretch the floor and score from anywhere. At 7’3″, Porzingis can block shots as a rim protector, which is something the Celtics have desired for a long time.
The area that Porzingis has to improve is his interior defense. He’s incredibly skinny, so opposing bigs have an easy time backing him down and bullying him on the glass and in the post. If he adds muscle, Porzingis could become one of the best bigs in the NBA fairly quickly.
If Porzingis is indeed available, Ainge and the Celtics need to heavily consider the prospect of acquiring the talented big man. I would consider putting the 2017 Brooklyn pick on the table, because Porzingis is better than almost every player in the current draft, and fills a need at power forward for the Celtics. Pay close attention to this story, it might turn into something real by draft night.