NBA Trade Rumors: Lakers’ Lonzo Ball To Knicks, Kristaps Porzingis To Celtics Was Considered?

Matt Couden - Author

Aug. 12 2017, Updated 8:43 a.m. ET

An NBA trade involving the Lakers’ Lonzo Ball in a draft deal which featured the New York Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis was considered at one time. The deal would have involved three teams with the Boston Celtics actually winding up with Porzingis, though. It would have given the Boston Celtics a premier big man to go along with Isaiah Thomas on last season’s top team in the East. It also would have thwarted LaVar Ball’s plans to see his son become a Laker. As of right now, the two players are with their respective teams but at one time the former NY Knicks president Phil Jackson was actually “toying” with the idea of making a big trade to land the UCLA prospect.

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According to Bleacher Report, the latest trade rumors and news came via NBA analyst Peter Vecsey while on The HoopsHype Podcast with Alex Kennedy. Vecsey mentioned that Jackson was trying to pull off a major trade with the Boston Celtics to acquire their No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Kristaps Porzingis was the player being dangled in many trade rumors so that the Knicks could move up considerably from their spot in the draft. If they’d managed to get that deal with Boston, they would have apparently selected Lonzo Ball at the top spot, taking away the Lakers’ chances at having the guy they wanted.


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