Much speculation surrounded whether the Knicks would trade the No. 4 pick, but they plan to keep Kristaps Porzingis, whom they took with the choice, tweets Chris Broussard of ESPN.com. Here’s more as the first-round churns along:
- The Celtics and Hornets are talking about swapping picks, with No. 9 going to Boston and Nos. 16 and 28 going to Charlotte, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com (on Twitter).
- The Timberwolves have spoken to the Mavs about trading for the No. 21 pick that Dallas holds, but Minnesota doesn’t want to take Raymond Felton and that’s a hang-up in negotiations, reports Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities (Twitter link).
- Boston was interested in Jahlil Okafor as it reportedly made its Marcus Smart/Nerlens Noel offer to the Sixers, as Jake Fischer of SI Now hears (Twitter link), but Philadelphia intends to hang on to the former Duke center, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports (on Twitter).
- The Suns are presumably targeting Frank Kaminsky as they remain aggressive in seeking to trade up from No. 13, but earlier this evening Wojnarowski suggested that Kaminsky wouldn’t get past the Hornets at the No. 9 pick (Twitter link). The Mavs also wanted picks Nos. 31 and 36, too, Wolfson adds in a second tweet.