Knicks trade Porzingis to Dallas Mavericks

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The New York Knicks have traded Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks, the Mavericks announced Thursday evening. It’s a seven-player trade with Dennis Smith Jr. as the centerpiece coming to New York. The Knicks are sending Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee and Trey Burke to the Mavericks in exchange for Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews and two future first-round picks. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the two draft picks coming to New York are a 2021 unprotected first-round pick and a 2023 protected first-round pick (1-10).

New York Knicks Statement from General Manager Scott Perry:

“As is standard for this time of year, we were exploring various options on potential trades. Considering the uncertainty regarding Kristaps’ free agent status and his request today to be traded, we made a trade that we are confident improves the franchise.”

Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle on Porzingis trade:

“What I will say is, we obviously feel it’s a good move for our franchise and our future,” Carlisle told reporters on Thursday night. “Beyond that, guys gotta pass physicals, clear physicals and all that kind of stuff, so it’s a little early to be talking about things.”

According to an ESPN report, Porzingis met with Knicks management on Thursday and expressed concern with the losing, franchise direction and an uncertainty that a culture is developing that will enable sustainable organizational success. Shortly after, Wojnarowski tweeted Porzingis left the meeting with the impression he prefers to be traded.

Porzingis, the former fourth-overall pick in 2015, leaves the Knicks after four seasons. He has not played this season as he recovers from a torn ACL. Before injuring his left knee in 2017-18, he was averaging a career-best 22.7 points per game and was named to the All-Star team.

Smith Jr, the headliner coming to the Knicks, was the ninth-overall pick in 2017 out of North Carolina State. As a rookie, he averaged more than 15 points per game and five assists. He’s also known for his spectacular dunks.

Matthews and Jordan are both on expiring contracts coming to New York. So, the Knicks clear some cap space for the 2019 free agent market that could include Kevin Durant.

According to basketball-reference.com, Hardaway Jr. has one guaranteed season and a player option left on his contract at about $18 million per season. Lee is also signed through next season for about $13 million.

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