Kristaps Porzingis Traded To Dallas Mavericks

Feb 02, 2019, 00:39
Kristaps Porzingis Traded To Dallas Mavericks

The 7-foot-3 Porzingis was the No. 4 pick in the 2015 draft and once was expected to be the Knicks' franchise player for years.

If the Knicks get Durant in July, as they hope to, cutting ties with Porzingis now will have been worth it.

As a result of the trade, the Knicks will reportedly have roughly $75 million in cap space this summer, allowing them an opportunity to sign two max contracts.

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Apparently, the death of the Dennis Smith Jr. trade rumors were a bit premature. He and Donic could be a unsafe tandem, but if he absconds as soon as possible then this trade could be viewed differently - particularly if the Knicks' ideal offseason plays out.

The Knicks (10-40) have struggled without the 23-year-old Porzingis, who has been sidelined for almost a year with an ACL injury. Perhaps the team will target a few superstar free agents in July.

That was a seven-player swap with the Dallas Mavericks that also netted NY two future first-round draft picks and possibly enough room to afford two top free agents this summer. The Knicks famously passed on him in the 2017 NBA Draft for Frank Ntilikina.

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According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, however, no decisions have been made on that front just yet.

In December, team president Steve Mills said the team was pleased with Porzingis' recovery from his ACL, and another round of testing scheduled for mid-February could clarify his timeline for his return.

Porzingis, who is set to become a restricted free agent this summer, is planning to inform the Mavericks he intends to sign a qualifying offer, The Athletic's Shams Charania reported. That's a lot of money to commit to someone with Porzingis' injury, potentially without seeing him play beforehand.

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Ultimately, the Knicks were never going to convince Porzingis they could change for the better because, quite frankly, the Knicks, owners of the NBA's worst record the last two decades, never seem to change.

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