Knicks Agree To Trade Kristaps Porzingis To Mavs

Enes Kanter

Knicks GM Scott Perry later confirmed that Porzingis requested a trade.

UPDAAAAAAATE: Tim just said he's never seen Porzingis play and also seemed like mildly upset that we got rid of DeAndre Jordan so maybe that applies to you too?

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Knicks will also receive a future first-rounder.

Hours later, NY traded Porzingis to the Mavericks in a deal that brought back two future first-round picks, Dennis Smith Jr. What we do know is that Doncic has to be thrilled to have Porzingis in Dallas with him. "But we're happy with what we were able to get in return for this deal, and again, we're getting a really good young player back here in Dennis Smith that we're excited about". The Knicks and Mavericks have now finalized the trade. Smith, a 2017 first-round pick with loads of offensive talent, gives their backcourt a potential piece to build around, while Matthews and Jordan have expiring contracts that'll provide loads of cap space in the summer. That amount would be enough to sign two players to max contracts.

Smith, a point guard drafted ninth overall by Dallas in 2017, is averaging 12.9 points and 4.3 assists this season.

In doing its due diligence, NY contacted the New Orleans Pelicans about an Anthony Davis trade in recent days.

But the two did not mesh particularly well when they shared the court.

Porzingis has been sidelined for almost a year after tearing his left ACL. In late December, the Knicks announced he would be re-evaluated in "late February".

Porzingis is set to become a restricted free agent this July.

Porzingis had a team option of $17.1 million that the front office would have assuredly offered him this summer.

The Knicks could be staring at $74.6M in projected cap space for next season.

Signing the qualifying offer was a turn that few would have expected when the trade was initially reported.



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