The New York Knicks have announced that they are not ruling out the possibility of trading franchise cornerstone Kristaps Porzingis if the right offer comes, as per Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical.

As reported by Wojnarowski, President Phil Jackson remains open to the idea of moving the 7-foot-3 forward/center, with a ‘frenzy of interest growing’.

As a result of these murmurings, Vertical’s sources suggested that Arizona prospect Lauri Markkanen has emerged as a candidate for New York to select with their 8th pick if they were to trade Porzingis. Jackson met with Markkanen on Monday, fuelling more uncertainty around the Latvian star’s Knicks future.

One team that has emerged as an immediate landing spot for the fourth pick in the 2015 NBA Draft is the Boston Celtics, who have been seemingly linked with almost every star frontcourt player the league has to offer at the minute.

It was first reported on Tuesday by the New York Daily News that Boston were interested in striking a deal with the Knicks that involved Porzingis swapping his white, blue, and orange jersey for a green one. The Celtics currently hold a plethora of draft picks and assets that could be involved in a potential package after trading down to the third pick in this year’s draft, all of which could be used as leverage to pry the Latvian from New York.

The 21-year-old has been a bright spot in a relatively dark few years for the Knicks organization, and if Jackson were to trade him away, he would most likely be universally more hated.

This past season, where New York slumped to 31-51, Porzingis averaged 18.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and two blocks over 66 games, some stellar numbers that would be sorely missed in New York, but warmly welcomed elsewhere.

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