Report: Knicks asked for Booker, No. 4 pick in exchange for Porzingis
From the moment word came out that the New York Knicks might be willing to trade young star Kristaps Porzingis, the imaginations of Suns fans had to go racing.
Like, could you imagine the 7-foot-3 forward who can score in a variety of ways while also playing defense landing in Phoenix?
Paired with Devin Booker, the Suns would have the kind of 1-2 punch not seen in the Valley in years.
Well, so much for that idea.
Knicks have asked for Devin Booker and the #4 pick from Phoenix for Kristaps Porzingis – Ha Ha Ha. He is good but trust me not that good
— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) June 20, 2017
It is unclear whether or not the Suns reached out to the Knicks or vice versa, but no doubt that is a pretty steep price to pay — even for a 21-year-old as talented as Porzingis.
The No. 4 overall pick in the 2015 draft, Porzingis averaged 18.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and two blocks per game last season while shooting 45 percent from the field and 36 percent from 3-point range.
Booker, on the other hand, chipped in 22.1 points and 3.4 assists while shooting 42 percent from the field and 36 percent from deep, though at just 20 years old, the 13th overall pick in 2015 certainly still has room to grow.
Combined with the No. 4 pick in this year’s draft — which is seen as one of the deepest in recent memory — and yeah, it’s understandable as to why the Suns would balk at the trade.