Kristaps Porzingis initially entered the 2014 NBA draft, and the Magic – who held the No. 12 pick (which they ultimately used to trade up for No. 10 pick Elfrid Payton) – tried to entice him to remain in the draft. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN: They tried to get Porzingis to stay in the draft that year. He was guaranteed at the pick they used Elfrid Payton. Porzingis knew he could have been picked. He didn’t feel he was ready. He wanted to come over ready. Of course, Porzingis withdrew from the draft and then declared again in 2015. Orlando, which held the No. 5 pick, was the highest-picking team known to show early interest in Porzingis.
Report: Magic promised to draft Kristaps Porzingis in 2014
Pro Basketball Talk | Sep 15