This is your moment Danny! You’ve waited and waited, year after year obtaining more assets so when an NBA superstar becomes available you are in position to strike. Kristaps Porzingis is that superstar! He gives you almost 20 ppg, protects the rim, can stretch the floor and best of all he’s only 21 years old!
Let me slow my roll a little, Kristaps isn’t a top 15 NBA player right now. He isn’t going to make the Celtics NBA title favorites, that title still belongs to the Golden State Warriors. What he does do is give the Celtics a real chance to take down the Cavs next year and gives the Celtics a franchise player to build around. He makes the team better immediately and a future core of him, Jaylen Brown, and the 2018 Nets pick sets you up to a contender for years to come. The Knicks are looking for a top 5 pick and a good young player for Porzingis. That’s a price the Celtics can meet.
(Celtics would also send 2017 #3 and 2018 Lakers pick in this scenario)
So in this trade the Knicks get two top 5 draft picks and Jae Crowder, a player that Phil Jackson loves. In a 2016 interview Jackson even said missing out on Crowder in an earlier trade was his biggest mistake as GM
“I think the biggest mistake I made was actually this…One of the first deals I engineered when I came back to New York was to trade [Chandler] and Raymond [Felton] to Dallas for Shane Larkin, Jose Calderon, Wayne Ellington, Samuel Dalembert, plus a second-round pick that the Mavs owed to the [Boston] Celtics. In talking with Boston, I was given the option of taking that pick or else taking [Crowder]. I liked Crowder but I thought he wouldn’t get much of a chance to play behind Carmelo [Anthony], so I took the pick which turned out to be Cleanthony Early. While Cleanthony has missed lots of time in the past two seasons with us, he still has the potential to be a valuable player. Even so, I should have taken Crowder. Anyway, for all of us, making mistakes are part of the learning process.”
Here is your chance to atone for your mistake Phil! you want Jae Crowder? You got him! If Phil wants to hit the reset button getting two top 5 picks is a pretty good way to do it. Jae Crowder is also has one of the best contracts in the NBA and helps the Knicks offset the terrible Joakim Noah deal.
If the Celtics are able to sign Gordon Hayward in addition to this trade a lineup of Isaiah, Avery, Hayward, Porzingis, and Horford is one that is a significant step up from anything the Celtics put on the floor last year. It’s a lineup that makes you a legitimate contender without sacrificing the young players on the roster who you are going to build around after the Isaiah and Horford era. Players like Porzingis don’t become available all that often, in fact they barely even exist, there is a reason he is nicknamed the “Latvian Unicorn”. If he truly is available this is the type of player that Danny needs to use all the assets he has been collecting to go out and get. Make it happen Danny!