Knicks willing to trade Porzingis
This one really sent NBA Twitter for a ride. The oft criticized (and rightfully so) New York Knicks front office dropped a doozy by proclaiming that they were indeed open to trading rising star Kristaps Porzingis this offseason. Given the high ceiling of the young player and the fact that the Knicks are known for boneheaded moves, I imagine that at that point their phones were ringing off the hook.
Apparently dumping Joakim Noah’s contract would be a part of the deal as well, but for a team in the right situation, that would be a small sacrifice to make to add a player of Porzingis’ level of talent. However, according to several sources, New York’s asking price on Porzingis was extremely high meaning the trade likely won’t come to fruition.
Thus, unfortunately, the Jazz more than likely lack meaningful enough assets to be able to land a guy like Porzingis, but just imagine how daunting a frontcourt of he and Rudy Gobert could be. The Jazz have long been high on the Latvian and if the picture below is any indication, he’s a big fan of the Utah Jazz (or maybe just of Andrei Kirilenko, but let’s ignore the details).
Who knows, maybe the Jazz will be able to swindle Phil Jackson into making a move or maybe he feels bad for the fact that his Chicago Bulls teams prevented legends John Stockton and Karl Malone from winning a championship ring and he’ll be willing to make up for it by sending Kristaps over for a bargain. OK, I know, that’s crazy talk. But so is any illusion of Porzingis being traded to the Jazz at all unfortunately.
More than likely I don’t see a move happening here and thus this rumor would have little bearing on the Utah Jazz or anyone else.