New York Knicks star forward Kristaps Porzingis had expressed doubt and disappointment with the way the Knicks franchise was being run on Thursday according to Adrian Wojnarowski. By Thursday afternoon another Woj bomb was dropped.
It was revealed that New York was finalizing a trade that would send Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks for Dennis Smith Jr. and some other expiring contracts.
In his career the former all-star has averaged 18 ppg, 7 rebounds and 1 assist. He has also shot a respectible 36 percent from three point range.
The seven-footer was the fourth overall pick by the Knicks in the 2015 NBA Draft. The 23-year-old has been injured since February of 2018 when he tore his ACL in a match up with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Breakdown of proposed Porzingas to the @dallasmavs deal (via @TheSteinLine ) #NBATWITTER #NBA:— Unfiltered Access (@UnfilteredAXS) January 31, 2019
Tim Hardaway Jr.
Dennis Smith Jr.
Future 1st Round Pick
(Room for 2 max contracts this summer)
This trade has sent shockwaves through the league almost immediately. With future implications, players and fans are acknowledging the significance and possible free-agency impact going into the summer.
The trade has now cleared enough cap space for the Knicks to sign two max-contract players like Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving who will become unrestricted free-agents this summer.
The NBA world will have to wait quite a while to witness the true implications the trade. Immediate questions are now more apparent.
Knicks trade:— Silver Screen & Roll (@LakersSBN) January 31, 2019
– Takes New York out of the running for AD.
– Opens up space to sign Kyrie away from Boston, making them more reluctant to go all in on AD trade.
– Opens up buyout market as Matthews and DeAndre Jordan might be available.
These are all good things.
With Porzingis now teamed up with a friend and fellow Euro League Star Luka Doncic, what does that mean for their development? How this will impact both the Knicks and Mavericks moving forward? Will Kristaps be the key to a late-season Mavs run to the postseason? Will the trading of Porzingis help New York in their subtle “Tank for Zion” plan? Will this trade start an avalanche of other NBA superstar trades (we’re looking at you