New York Knicks Trade Kristaps Porzingis: Details


The 7-foot-3 Porzingis was the No. 4 pick in 2015 and averaged 17.8 points and 7.1 rebounds in NY, where he was expected to be the Knicks' franchise player for years. The Knicks will also get two future first-round picks from the Mavericks. "But we're happy with what we were able to get in return for this deal, and again, we're getting a really good young player back here in Dennis Smith that we're excited about". The success of this trade depends entirely on their ability to sign a superstar in free agency, which has historically been a dicey proposition for the Knicks.

Without Porzingis, who is recovering from an ACL injury, the Knicks have the worst record in the NBA's Eastern Conference. That amount would be enough to sign two players to max contracts. Dallas will be praised for being bold, just as it was when it acquired Doncic on draft night, and it will be impossible to judge New York's decision without seeing if the front office can actually convince superstars to come play at Madison Square Garden. Then the Knicks will be set up to be big spenders in a free agent market that could include Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving and more. Mills added that team owner James Dolan gave him and Perry the freedom to make the trade as they saw fit.

Sources told ESPN that Smith, a 2017 lottery pick who is averaging 12.9 points and 4.3 assists per game this season, had taken issue with some of Carlisle's tough coaching tactics and that the 21-year-old wasn't pleased with his role playing primarily off the ball due to Doncic's emergence as an All-Star-caliber playmaker. He wasn't scheduled to be re-evaluated until mid-February.

According to Wojnarowski, the Nets, Clippers, Heat, Spurs and Raptors are among the teams expected to pursue KP in a deal.

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He has not played this season, and is scheduled to become a restricted free agent this summer.

The Knicks sending Porzingis to the Mavs presumably removes them from possibly trading for Davis before next week's deadline.

NY will clear salary cap space for free agency in the deal in addition to adding Smith.