Knicks, Clippers: Trade Talk

Was Porzingis trying to tell us something?

Even halfway through the season, before most of the Knicks drama commenced, trade rumors began swirling between these two teams. Originally, it was thought the Clippers may make a run at Carmelo. Now, after a scandalous tweet, could they be after Porzingis?

At 8 o’clock Saturday night, Kristaps tweeted this:


Then, at 11 am this morning, he recovered and erased any idea that the tweet was released by him:


Whether this proves true or not, for now, all the real NBA fans will be thinking one thing. Would the Clippers attempt a trade for Porzingis?

My thought, absolutely.

Is it possible? Not at all.

Blake Griffin is expected to decline his player option for next season and either sign-and-trade, or enter free agency. Either way, the Clippers will feature a hole in their lineup, and a big one at that. Forming a new Big 3 featuring Paul, Porzingis, and Jordan, may prove lethal. A young and improving talent, the 7″1 Latvian may be a good fit for Lob City.

With the big man still on contract, would LA attempt a Griffin for Porzingis swap?

The main problem here is the salary difference. Kristaps is still on his rookie contract, and Blake Griffin is valued at ($21-million) should he opt in, and even more if he opts out. Likely, a trade swap between these two wouldn’t be possible. Unless somehow, the Knicks worked in their draft pick and a role player. Even then, Phil Jackson would have to be sure (and he’s not sure about ALOT of things) that Griffin would stay with New York.

I give a Porzingis trade to Los Angeles a (20%) chance, but you never know with these things. Adding Porzingis would help to convince Chris Paul that Los Angeles has a future, and would free a lot of salary cap up in Lob City.

Phil Jackson has shown interest in Griffin before, and worked at a Griffin for Carmelo swap earlier in the season. Would the Knicks go through with this? A year ago, I would have likely said never. Now, after the season we’ve had, who knows what Phil Jackson wouldn’t do. 

Featured image provided by FanRag Sports via Google Images. 


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