Kristaps Porzingis: Everybody has welcomed me with open arms


There might be a time when I go into more detail about that situation, but right now I just want to focus on my new team: "the Dallas Mavericks".

Newly acquired player Kristaps Porzingis speak to the media during at the Dallas Mavericks introductory press conference on Feb 4, 2019 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

It's a bold move for the Knicks, especially considering that NY is no longer an attractive free-agent destination for numerous reasons Porzingis articulated to management before his departure.

Frank Ntilikina and Kevin Knox have followed in draft picks while Tim Hardaway Jr and Allonzo Trier have also proved talented this season. "My suggestion for Knicks fans is to STAY WOKE!"

In doing so, NY picked up some decent long-term assets, but also severely hurt its chances of trading for Davis, as Porzingis was certainly the top talent on the Knicks and someone whom the Pelicans absolutely would have asked for in return. They have a lot of money to spend, likely will land a top 5 draft pick and every agent wants their star client to play in a big city like NY.

As Eddie Sefko of pointed out, the Mavs are more than likely to ensure Porzingis' ACL is 100 percent recovered before they pair him with Dallas' other young phenom - rookie guard Luka Doncic.

Porzingis had been unhappy with the Knicks' direction for some time, and made his thoughts clear in a meeting with team executives Thursday.

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Porzingis, 23, has known Doncic since both played in Spain.

The two sides have engaged in their fair share of mudslinging since the divorce, but Porzingis is (finally) attempting to take the high road and move on. There was uncertainty about Porzingis' desire to play with the Pelicans long term, sources said.

"I can answer that for you", Cuban said.

Dallas feels they have two superstars now. The Knicks gets two future first-round picks.

Porzingis averaged 22.7 points and 6.6 rebounds per game before his injury last season (Feb. 6).

Kristaps Porzingis and the Mavericks are talking about a long-term deal.