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There's got to be some kind of contagion going around the league with all the madness that's taken hold since the Boston Celtics traded the top pick to the Philadelphia 76ers earlier in the week; I feel like training camp is going to resemble a scene from 28 Days Later the way things are going lately.


The carnage continues unabated, with news that the Cleveland Cavaliers had moved on from David Griffin in the midst of attempting to trade for the Chicago Bulls' Jimmy Butler. While that move may have been motivated by the cost/benefit analysis of tax bills versus likely titles, the current situation being reported by the Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski is less clear: Woj reports that New York Knicks General Manager Phil Jackson may be interested in moving Kristaps Porzingis for the right package, and will draft tantalizing Arizona big man Lauri Markkanen if so.


Should the Celtics make an offer for Porzingis? His two-way skill set, scoring and shooting and solid rebounding make him a near-ideal pairing for the soon-to-be-depleted Boston frontcourt alongside Al Horford. Just 21 years of age, Porzingis stands to continue developing for several years, and is slated to make $4.5 million next season, with a team option for $5.7 million the following season.


He'd likely require some serious assets and/or contracts to nab from Jackson, though perhaps a deal centered around the #3 pick would get it done; say the 2017 Brooklyn #3, the 2018 Boston pick, the 2017 #37 pick, and Marcus Smart. Alternately, substitute Avery Bradley and Terry Rozier on the Boston side, and throw in Lance Thomas for salary match, and add the Memphis 2019 first. Phil is known to covet Jae Crowder, who could slide into Avery's spot and perhaps eliminate the need for a second likely lottery pick. Too rich? Not enough? Let us know what you think is a good offer in the comments below.


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Justin Quinn 6/20/2017 12:15:00 PM Edit
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