Knicks Officially Trade Kristaps Porzingis To Mavericks

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Kristaps Porzingis #6 of the New York Knicks is introduced prior to the game against the LA Clippers on November 20, 2017 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.

As one of the teams with the best odds to land the No. 1 overall pick, the Knicks will go deeper into the tanking hole without contributors like Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee on their roster any longer.

It took shape today at lightning speed.

Early in the afternoon, word was Porzingis was unhappy with the direction of the franchise, and in a meeting with top organizational brass, he said he would prefer to be traded. Less than an hour later, when ESPN published the. Adrian Wojnarowski, who broke the story initially, is reporting that two first round picks are a 2021 unprotected first-round pick and a 2023 protected first round pick. Davis has expressed his desire to leave New Orleans, but the Pelicans were reportedly not interested in a trade.

Porzingis can become a restricted free agent this summer and, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Porzingis plans to sign the qualifying offer this summer, which will make him an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2020.

The 7-foot-3 Porzingis has been on the rehab trail since tearing an ACL in February 2018.

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The Knicks are last in the Eastern Conference at 10-40.

The trio has been mentioned in Los Angeles Lakers trade rumors that involve Davis, and each reacted to news of Porzingis being sent to the Mavericks. He was enjoying an All-Star season when he got hurt previous year, averaging a career-high 22.7 points per game.

The move comes a week before the National Basketball Association trade deadline for a player who hasn't played since a potentially career-altering injury.

It appears the New York Knicks are going all in on making big moves in the upcoming offseason.

The contracts of both DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Matthews are expiring this season, but have produced for the Mavs this season.

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