Dallas Mavericks land Kristaps Porzingis in huge trade with New York Knicks
- Author: Angelo Rivera Feb 02, 2019,
Feb 02, 2019, 0:38
Kristaps Porzingis met with Knicks management to express concern with the franchise's direction and seek clarity on his role, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Zach Lowe and Ramona Shelburne. Interestingly, New York passed on the player and drafted Frank Ntilikina with the No. 8 overall pick. 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. Hours later, the Knicks agreed to trade the 23-year old big man. That amount would be enough to sign two players to max contracts. He has yet to make his season debut due to an ACL injury suffered last season.
The Knicks will receive Dennis Smith Jr., Wes Matthews and DeAndre Jordan in exchange for Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke and Courtney Lee, per The Ringer. The Knicks will also get two future first-round picks from the Mavericks.
In terms of existing contracts, Jordan and Matthews are set to expire at the end of the season, while Porzingis can be a restricted free agent this summer. Perhaps the team will target a few superstar free agents in July. They gave up three starters, though. The Mavericks took Smith one pick later, and he posted the second triple-double of his career Wednesday when Dallas won at Madison Square Garden. In late December, the Knicks announced he would be re-evaluated in "late February".
Porzingis, who will be a restricted free agent this summer, is now sidelined following ACL surgery and could be out for the remainder of the season.
However, The Athletic reports that Porzingis intends to tell the Mavericks he plans to sign the one-year qualifying offer this summer in order to his unrestricted free agency in 2020, which could challenge their plans.
The Knicks sending Porzingis to the Mavs presumably removes them from possibly trading for Davis before next week's deadline.