The first major trade of the season has fallen, and it did not involve Anthony Davis nor the Los Angeles Lakers. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the New York Knicks have agreed to trade Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Courtney Lee to the Dallas Mavericks, in exchange for Dennis Smith Jr, DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews, and a future first-round pick.
The deal for Porzingis come within an hour after the all-star forward met with team management to discuss the Knicks losing efforts, according to ESPN reports.
For the Mavericks, the deal places Dallas in a great position moving forward. With Dirk Nowitzki likely to retire at the end of the season, Porzingis will be able to step in and fill the void that will be left by the 13-time NBA All-Star. But most importantly, Porzings has a chance to create one of the top two duos in the league, playing next to Luka Doncic.
For the Knicks, the trade does not make them less of a lottery team, but it does help New York create enough cap space taking on the contracts of DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Matthews. However, if the Knicks still fail to land a superstar this summer, New York still has a franchise point guard in Dennis Smith Jr moving forward.
Despite the excitement around Dallas as they acquire their new star, Porzingis has yet to play a single game this season. the Latvian native is still recovering from his ACL injury he suffered nearly a year ago. In just three seasons with the Knicks, Porzingis averaged 17.8 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks, while shooting 43.7 percent from the field.
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