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Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

A prominent agent with several projected first round picks signed tells ESPN that he hasn't gotten any guarantees from teams yet for his clients as of Thursday morning, which is atypical this close to draft time based on his previous experience. He says he thinks it's because there are all these big-time trade scenarios out there, teams are reluctant to lock anything in place yet.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

The New York back pages today feature the same photo of Kristaps Porzingis. And the New York Post's headline questions Phil Jackson's claim the Knicks "know what we're doing."

Ramona Shelburne @ramonashelburne

One Knicks insider on KP: "Many of the people now screaming (he's) untradeable are the same ones who were furious when we drafted him"

Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer 

One Knicks insider on the Porzingis situation: "Many of the people now screaming that Kristaps is untradeable are the same ones who were furious when we drafted him. Remember: Phil and our scouts were the only ones to properly recognize his potential. And there's no way that we'd trade him now unless we got someone we're even higher on in return."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The lowered NBA salary cap projection of $99 million will make it tougher for the Boston Celtics to clear max cap space if the team desires to chase a star like Gordon Hayward or Blake Griffin this summer. Boston already had some trimming to do to meet the previous projection and would likely have to part with a key rotation player in order to clear the necessary room.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks had dinner with Gonzaga PF/C Zach Collins on Tuesday night, per league sources. Collins, a 7-0, 230-pound freshman, is projected as a top-10 pick in the draft. He hit 67 percent of his 2-point attempts and 47 percent of his threes (though he didn't shoot many) last year at Gonzaga. The 19-year-old averaged 10 points and 6 rebounds in 17 minutes per game. The Knicks have the eighth pick. Phil Jackson has said that the club will likely select a guard or wing but the wildcard here is the Kristaps Porzingis trade talks, of course. It still seems likely that the Knicks end up taking a wing or a guard on Thursday but the Collins meeting is interesting.

Russillo @ryenarussillo

Knicks want top pick and a really good player on rookie scale. So Philly-probably no. LA and Ingram, not enough BOS-Brown? No SAC no players

Russillo @ryenarussillo

Only scenario in the top 5 that makes sense for Knicks w/ Porzingis is Booker and #4. Told that's something Knicks would be interested in.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Kristaps Porzingis is coming off a season in which he averaged more PPG than LaMarcus Aldridge, more blocks per game than DeAndre Jordan, and more made 3's per game than Dirk Nowitzki. Only 6 players have ever averaged more PPG in a season in which they finished with 100 blocks and 100 made 3s. Keep in mind Porzingis is only 21 years old and still has room to grow.

Brian Windhorst @WindhorstESPN

NBA teams just found out they're getting $3 million less in salary cap space. Cap expected to come at $99M, down from $102M projection