Kristaps Porzingis is one of the brightest young stars in the NBA. After a de-moralizing ACL injury derailed his season in 2018, the 24-year-old has bounced back in a huge way for the Mavericks, averaging 20 points and 8.3 rebounds.
Interestingly enough, his journey was almost led down a different path in 2017, when the Celtics reportedly offered a chest of assets for the young forward.
“The Celtics offered a trove of assets, including Jaylen Brown, in a scenario under which the Knicks could move up and select future Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen, but again Jackson held back. Some in the league believe Jackson didn’t make the trade on orders from owner James Dolan. Who would’ve thought then it would turn into one of Jackson’s and Dolan’s worst miscalculations?”
The Celtics reportedly offered a package including Jaylen Brown and a first-round pick that the Knicks could have used to select Lauri Markannen, but then-team president Phil Jackson rejected the deal for reasons still unknown. They elected to send him to Dallas instead.
It would end up being one of their worst mistakes.
As Brown would go on to become a budding star and essential role-player in the backcourt, Porzingis is having a resurgence year with the Mavs. The Knicks, who ended up with Dennis Smith Jr., Tim Hardaway, and DeAndre Jordan, are currently 2-8 on the season.
Looking back, there is no way the Knicks don’t feel some sense of regret.