Kristaps Porzingis Tired of Knicks Losing Culture; Wants To be Traded
- Author: Stacy Allen Feb 02, 2019,
Feb 02, 2019, 0:39
The New York Knicks traded All-Star forward Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks, paving the way for an exciting new National Basketball Association team up with rookie sensation Luka Doncic. NY will also receive two future first-round picks in the swap, reports The Athletic. He and Donic could be a risky 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 and Mavericks have scheduled a trade call with the league office to finalize the deal, sources told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.
Missing out on the Durant-Irving tier of free agents could send them into panic mode, and lead to an overpay of a second-tier name like Tobias Harris or Khris Middleton - good players who aren't first options on title teams, but may get paid like they are. He has yet to make his season debut due to an ACL injury suffered last season.
The Mavericks will reportedly acquire Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee in the deal, while sending Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan and Wes Matthews.
The Knicks will get Dallas's next available first-round pick.
Hardaway has two more years and about $37 million left on his contract, and moving that was necessary if the Knicks were going to find a way to open the most cap space possible.
The Mavericks took Smith Jr. with the No. 9 overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft.
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.
According to one analysis, the Knicks could have enough space to offer multiple max contracts and potentially rebuild their roster on the fly.