In this case, the business that Danny Ainge is not doing is seemingly as well-known as the offers he has made, as the Boston Celtics president of basketball business is usually willing to talk about anything and everything in terms of player movement
With Former New York Knicks big man Kristaps Porzingis who met his former team for the first time as a member of the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night saw the New York Post return to his New York post and how it came to an end sooner than most would have imagined.
The Knicks traded the Polish star to Dallas at the trade deadline last season, but they were willing to relocate him even before that. One point where the Knicks put in offers for Porzingis was the NBA Draft 201
A team linked to Porzingis at that time was the Celtics. In Friday's story for the post, Marc Berman reported Celtic's offer to Porzingis.
"The Celtics offered a wealth of assets, including Jaylen Brown, in a scenario where the Knicks could move up and pick future Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen, but again held back Jackson," Berman wrote. “Some in the league think Jackson didn't trade on orders from owner James Dolan. Who then thought it would turn into one of Jackson's and Dolan's worst calculations? "
The Celtics, you may remember, won the 2017 lottery and secured the No. 1 overall pick. They then traded that pick to Philadelphia and ended with the No. 3 pick they used to draft Jayson Tatum. It is unclear from the Post report how or when the Knicks would have moved up, but that the reporting certainly makes it sound like Celtic's top pick was on the table in the deal. It is also unknown whether Boston would have got New York's first pick, No. 7, which the Knicks used to draft French guard Frank Ntilikina.
Porzingis, when healthy and assumes he has his head straight, is a very good basketball player. Had the Knicks been able to turn him into Brown and Markkanen, it would have been a franchise-changing heist, perhaps for both clubs. Brown has become a solid core player for a Celtics team expected to contend for a conference title, while Markkanen is one of the NBA's most versatile big men.
Meanwhile, the Knicks turned Porzingis into some good-not-great assets for a rather disappointed summer where New York's premier seasonal moves drafted RJ Barrett and signed ones such as Julius Randle, Bobby Portis and Marcus Morris. A year after going 15-67, the Knicks are 1-7 to start the 2019-20 campaign.
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