The basketball world was turned on its head on Thursday afternoon, as Kristaps Porzingis was traded to the Dallas Mavericks.
The Knicks will receive Dallas's Dennis Smith Jr, DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews and a future first-round draft pick in return for the 7ft 3in Porzingis, who has been out for almost a year with a knee injury.
It took shape today at lightning speed.
The 23-year-old Porzingis and his brother Janis, who is his agent, met with Knicks management on Thursday morning and discussed his frustration with the franchise's losing, its past dysfunction and his own uncertainty over creating sustainable organizational success, sources said. Davis has expressed his desire to leave New Orleans, but the Pelicans were reportedly not interested in a trade. NY will also receive two future first-round picks in the swap, reports The Athletic.
Porzingis can become a restricted free agent this summer and, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Porzingis plans to sign the qualifying offer this summer, which will make him an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2020.More news: Arsenal Make Approach To Sign Ivan Perišić From Inter Milan
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Not but 20 minutes before the trade news, the Mavs weren't among the teams expected to be in on Porzingis. He was averaging 22.7 points and 6.3 rebounds over 48 games in 2017-18 when his season prematurely ended. The upshot here for the Knicks, in sending out perhaps the most talented player they've had on the roster since Patrick Ewing, is a talented young point guard, a future first-round pick and what should be enough salary cap space for two max contracts this summer.
What "truth" Porzingis is referring to has yet to be established, but it could have something to do with the manner in which the trade played out.
Hours after reports surfaced of his concern with the team's future, the Knicks are moving on from All-Star forward Kristaps Porzingis.
It appears the New York Knicks are going all in on making big moves in the upcoming offseason.