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Phil Jackson might not be running the ship in New York anymore, but that doesn’t mean the downtrodden New York Knicks won’t look to move star forward Kristaps Porzingis.

Obviously, said deal would have to bring in an equal star for a Knicks squad that has not earned a playoff spot since the 2012-13 season.

According to Frank Isola of the NY Daily News, said trade could potentially include Kawhi Leonard making his way from San Antonio to the Big Apple for Porzingis.

“ONE PLAUSIBLE OPTION IS TO TRADE LEONARD, WHICH SHOULD BE OF INTEREST TO THE KNICKS,” ISOLA NOTED. “ANY DEAL FOR LEONARD WOULD HAVE TO INCLUDE KRISTAPS PORZINGIS, WHOM THE SPURS ARE SAID TO BE HEAD OVER HEELS WITH, AS WELL AS A FIRST-ROUND PICK. IT’S A STEEP PRICE, BUT THE ADDITION OF LEONARD PLUS AVAILABLE CAP SPACE IN THE SUMMER OF 2019 COULD DRAMATICALLY ALTER THE COURSE OF HISTORY FOR THE STAR-CROSSED FRANCHISE.”

Why would the Knicks even consider trading the face of their franchise for an injured star that just so happens to be years older? First off, Porzingis is coming off a torn ACL himself and has had multiple injury issues in his first three seasons with the Knicks.

Despite missing all but a couple handfuls of games this past regular season, Leonard has a more proven track record. He’s a former MVP candidate.

Discussions surrounding a potential Leonard trade from the Spurs have heated up in recent weeks. There seems to be a rift between the former NBA Defensive Player of the Year and his organization. If Leonard is indeed put on the block, Porzingis would have to be seen as the best possible option in a trade for the Spurs.

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LeBron James could become a free agent this offseason but he could also control his destiny in another way by orchestrating an opt-in-and-trade similar to Chris Paul last offseason.

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On The Lowe Podcast, Brian Windhorst talked about a scenario in which James could have an extended period of time to work on his offseason plans if the Cavaliers are eliminated from the playoffs before the Finals.

“All I’m going to say is you don’t want LeBron to have two months to plot with other players,” said Windhorst. “Because, you know, Chris Paul and James Harden have now written the script. While the Finals are going on, if you’re not in them, let’s just get together in L.A. and plot how you’re going to get together. You know, we’ve gotten in the point in the league where the players have so much power. They can force trades.”

When James was a free agent in 2010, the Cavaliers were eliminated in the second round on May 13th.

“LeBron has an option in his contract. I hear people talking about, ‘Will it be the “akers?’ They go through the four teams with cap space. ‘Will it be the Sixers?’ If LeBron deems it, he will go to the Cavs, ‘You will trade me to team X’ and as long as that team isn’t trying to force Luol Deng down the Cavs’ throat, the Cavs will do the deal because they won’t want to lose him for nothing. Just like how the Clippers did not want to trade Chris Paul, but at the end of the day, the alternative was unacceptable.

“If LeBron is left to his own devices and not focused on playing basketball for two months, and he can take meetings with everybody in the league: forget about July 1st, forget about the teams that are going to pitch him. The meetings are going to go down in May and June if LeBron is out of the playoffs. Now, if LeBron is not out of the playoffs and the Cavs get all the way to the Finals, that changes the game quite a bit.

“We’re going to get down to June 29th, that’s when LeBron’s option date is. In fact, whenever the draft is, the Cavs are going to like, you know, be like, ‘LeBron, what are we going to do here?’ I don’t even know if this is even going to get to July. This could all get mitigated out in June.”

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Why the Bulls should draft Deandre Ayton if they win the Lottery

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Something special occurred on the campus of Oregon University in late February. The Arizona Wildcats were in town, 24 hours removed from an ESPN report that claimed head coach Sean Miller had discussed paying $100,000 to land blue-chip prospect Deandre Ayton. The report shook the college basketball world, Miller took a leave of absence from the team and the Wildcats, ranked 14th in the country, became the lead story on sports talk shows for all the wrong reasons.

And the 19-year-old Ayton found himself at the center of the turmoil. Heading into Eugene, a place the Ducks were 31-3 at over the last two seasons, the Oregon student section mercilessly heckled Ayton all night, chanting “wi-re tap” and “hun-dred thou-sand” at the freshman star. The 7-foot-1 Bahamian could have crumbled in the moment. No one would have blamed him if he had.

Instead, Ayton dominated. He took over the game for 44 minutes, resting for 66 seconds in the first half before playing the final 26:37 of the overtime thriller. His final line – 28 points, 18 rebounds, 4 blocks – somehow didn’t do the performance justice. He made 11 of 15 shots, including 17-foot jumpers, offensive rebound put-backs, low-post moves and transition dunks. In a season of extraordinary for the Pac-12’s eventual Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year, that Saturday night may have been his most impressive, all things considered.

And it’s one of many reasons why, if that 5.3 percent chance becomes reality, the Bulls can’t pass on Deandre Ayton with the first pick in June’s NBA Draft.

Let’s begin with the raw stats. Ayton joined Duke’s Marvin Bagley as the only freshmen since 1993 to average 20 points, 11 rebounds and shoot 60 percent from the field. What’s more, only 10 others – regardless of year – had accomplished the feat, last done by Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin in 2009. Four of those 10 were drafted first overall (Michael Olowokandi, Tim Duncan, Andrew Bogut and Griffin). So, spoiler alert, there’s precedent for a dominant big man being selected first overall. Ayton certainly could join that list, which we’ll note has a respectable success rate.

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Cavaliers All-Star Kevin Love suffered a partially torn ligament in his left thumb late in Wednesday’s win over the Pacers, Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com reports.

Love left the game with just fewer than four minutes remaining in the Cavaliers’ 100-97 victory. The injury happened when Love deflected a pass from Victor Oladipo. After a Darren Collison layup immediately following the deflection, Cleveland called a time out and Love was taken out.

In his postgame interview, coach Tyronn Lue said Love will be “ready to go” for Game 3 on Friday in Indiana with the series tied at 1-1.

“I saw a replay too and it didn’t look good,” Love told reporters after the game, according to ESPN. “Hurt pretty bad. Initially, I told Ty afterward that I could have gone back in, but I think he liked the flow out there, and guys made big plays down the stretch. It’s not going to feel great tomorrow, but throw some ice on it, tape it up and be ready to go.”

In the three minutes and 43 seconds Cleveland went without Love to close the game, it basically played the Pacers even, although a meaningless Oladpio three at the buzzer meant Indiana outscored the Cavaliers 11-10 during that final stretch.

Love missed 20 games earlier in the season with a non-displaced fracture in his fifth metacarpal in his left hand. Cleveland went 11-9 in those games and 4-5 against other playoff teams.

Love is averaging 12 points and 12.5 rebounds through the first two games of the series while shooting eight-for-24 from the field and five-for-12 from deep.