Remember the Phil Jackson as president of basketball operations era for the New York Knicks? Knicks have probably done their best to suppress the memory in order to avoid waking up in the middle of the night with cold sweats.
It seems as though the last straw for Jackson in New York was the fact that he was rumored to be legitimately considering trade offers for stud big man and Knicks star of the future, Kristaps Porzingis.
One team that kept coming up in trade rumors and was actually validated as a team that had discussions with the Knicks about Porzingis was the Phoenix Suns.
Apparently according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski, they not only inquired, Porzingis was theirs to acquire if they were willing to price the Knicks desired price…
Woj: "Last year, I thought Phoenix had a chance to get [Kristaps] Porzingis if they were willing to put the fourth pick in, which would've been Josh Jackson."
— Sagar Trika (@BlazersBySagar) May 22, 2018
I have to be honest, being a Phoenix local and listening to some clued in local reporters this report is taken completely out of context.
The Suns absolutely would have been willing to trade the No. 4 pick last season in order to acquire a young superstar in Porzingis, the sticking point is that the Knicks wanted the Suns to include young Suns superstar Devin Booker as well.
The fact that the Knicks even seriously engaged in any trade talks for Porzingis is preposterous, but to actually put a ton of validity or faith in this report is preposterous as well, any team in the NBA would jump at the chance to trade the No. 4 pick in any draft for Kristaps Porzingis.
While this report is pretty inaccurate in my opinion, imagining a trio of Porzingis, Booker and DeAndre Ayton is terrifying…