Knicks say Kristaps Porzingis did not want to be part of team

Luka Doncic’s future superstardom to DSJ’s franchise question mark checking in on every Maverick

The Knicks traded Kristaps Porzingis to the Mavericks along with Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee, the team announced Thursday.

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Knicks will also receive a future first-rounder.

Smith returned to the Mavericks lineup on January 23 after a two-week absence while trade rumors swirled. Let Adrian Wojnarowski fill you in on the details in the Tweet below. The only risk here is the timeline and outcome of Porzingis' ACL recovery but even if the injury slightly lowers the ceiling on his developmental curve he's still an elite big man with the kind of versatile game that should fit seamlessly with Luka Doncic at both ends of the floor. What we do know is that Doncic has to be thrilled to have Porzingis in Dallas with him.

The trade gives the Knicks enough salary cap space for two max contracts this summer. 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.

The Knicks (10-40) have the worst record in the National Basketball Association and are already going to get a high pick in the entry draft. He wasn't scheduled to be re-evaluated until mid-February.

Porzingis could sign a five-year deal with Dallas for upwards of $150 million, or a four-year offer sheet with another team for over $100 million that Mark Cuban could match.

However, The Athletic reports that Porzingis intends to tell the Mavericks he plans to sign the one-year qualifying offer this summer in order to his unrestricted free agency in 2020, which could challenge their plans.

Ultimately, the Knicks were never going to convince Porzingis they could change for the better because, quite frankly, the Knicks, owners of the NBA's worst record the last two decades, never seem to change.

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

However, Mills and Perry saw otherwise, noticing how often Porzingis was in the gym and how long he stayed when he did come.

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