The NBA off-season has been an absolute frenzy so far. From the trade that sent D’Angelo Russell to the Nets for picks and salary dump, to the news today that not only are the Knicks interested in trading Kristaps Porzingis, but that they have been the ones making the phone calls. Per Ian Bagley of ESPN New York and Ramona Shelburne, the Lakers are on that list:
Generally speaking they asked for a the top-5 pick and a young player on a star track. https://t.co/wbh5xqKk5d
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) June 22, 2017
During an interview with MSG Networks, Jackson voiced his disapproval of Kristaps Porzingis’s decision to skip the exit interview.
I don’t think I’ve ever had a player over 25 years of coaching not coming to an exit meeting, so it hasn’t happened to me,” Jackson said. “It happens to other people and other players. His brother and his agent have downplayed it, but still it’s a chance for a person to express themselves. I had a real good relationship with Kristaps over the last two years. It was kind of surprising.
This off course is false because at one point during his tenure as a Lakers coach Shaquille O’Neill skipped his exit interview in 2004.
The Lakers have what New York wants in a top 5 pick, as well as receiving an expiring contract in Brook Lopez with the Nets trade that won’t be official until tomorrow. Of course this could all be simply a front by Phil to possibly teach Kristaps that he is expendable. If in fact this is a serious trade opportunity, the Lakers should not hesitate at the opportunity despite the want to save cap space. The only unfortunate thing about this trade is that New York would likely want to part ways with Carmelo to shed salary. Ironically, this could be a similar trade the Lakers made with a more established young player.
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