There is much speculation who the New York Knicks will draft at the four spot. While the Knicks have been mum on the subject, speculation is pointing more and more to a 7’1″ (and growing) 19-year old kid out of Latvia. Kristaps Porzingis seemingly has much more upside than downside.
“The kid can flat-out shoot,” a Western Conference executive said. “Now he’s really, really thin, but he’s athletic. A 7-footer who can step out and hit three’s is something.”
The Knicks new President, Phil Jackson has been fielding speculation that they may trade the pick if PG D’Angelo Russell was already gone.
With a 5-35 record thus far this season, the New York Knicks players and management know that the fight has been beaten out of the team and the dreaded “R” word is now not so frowned upon.
“We’re obviously at the beginning of a major transition of redefining New York Knicks basketball,” Knicks coach Derek Fisher said. “And so, the patience has to stay there at all times.”
Carmelo Anthony knows that he is probably the only one not trade-able on the team, but that does not necessarily mean that he doesn’t want to explore the possibilities..or at least work his way out of his no-trade clause.
“Today marks the next step of this journey for the New York Knicks franchise as we name Derek to lead the team as its head coach.” Phil Jackson said. “Our relationship began 15 years ago, and over time, it has come clear to me that he and I can form a great partnership once again.”
That was on June 10th just a few day after the San Antonio Spurs won their 5th NBA Title, an intricate part of that winning formula is being lured by the bright lights of New York City.
A source close to the Knicks thinks that Mills would thrive in New York.