Knicks Agree To Trade Kristaps Porzingis To Mavs

It's also possible the Knicks will receive a future first-round pick or other draft considerations but those details have yet to be confirmed. 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. Then, ESPN.com's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that he hasn't made that decision yet.

It's been nearly exactly a year since Porzingis suffered a torn left ACL, and it still remains to be seen when or if he'll play this season. The Mavericks acquire another one of the games young stars in Kristaps Porzingis plus a proven scorer in Tim Hardaway Jr. and capable starter in Courtney Lee. What we do know is that Doncic has to be thrilled to have Porzingis in Dallas with him.

This move will free up plenty of cap space for the Knicks this summer.

Opposing teams expect the Knicks to be aggressive in pursuing the top free agents in the coming offseason, a group that includes Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard and Kyrie Irving. They gave up three starters, though. Smith was selected with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2017 draft.

Porzingis hasn't played a game this season, but he was reportedly due for another evaluation in mid-February.

He's set to become a restricted free agent this summer after the Knicks declined to sign him to an extension before the deadline. But Knicks coach David Fizdale had said Porzingis was frequently around the team even while he couldn't play, taking part in meetings and some activities on the court.

According to one analysis, the Knicks could have enough space to offer multiple max contracts and potentially rebuild their roster on the fly.

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

However, Mills and Perry saw otherwise, noticing how often Porzingis was in the gym and how long he stayed when he did come.


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