Knicks, Clippers: Trade Talk

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:

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

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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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