Mavericks to acquire Kristaps Porzingis from Knicks

Porzingis, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2015 National Basketball Association draft, has wanted to play for a victor with the Knicks, but he has been searching for clarity on his future role with the team and the franchise's direction. He wants to win, and the pressure will be on Dallas to be a serious contender in 2019 or else Porzingis could walk. The Knicks and Mavericks have now finalized the trade.

Porzingis hasn't played in the 2018-19 season as he continues to recover from an ACL injury he suffered previous year. Knicks GM Scott Perry later confirmed that Porzingis requested a trade. With Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson, DeMarcus Cousins, Kyrie Irving and Jimmy Butler potentially in play this summer, the Knicks have wanted to clear out enough space to go big-game hunting. This puts pressure on the Mavericks to make Porzingis happy in the one full season they'll have of him under contract or risk losing Porzingis in free agency. The Mavericks took Smith one pick later, and he posted the second triple-double of his career Wednesday when Dallas won at Madison Square Garden.

In December, team president Steve Mills said the team was pleased with Porzingis' recovery from his ACL, and another round of testing scheduled for mid-February could clarify his timeline for his return. Additionally, ESPN is also reporting that Dallas is looking to acquire a first-round draft pick from NY as well.

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According to Charania, Porzingis will inform the Mavericks of his plans to sign a qualifying offer this offseason as a restricted free agent. That's a lot of money to commit to someone with Porzingis' injury, potentially without seeing him play beforehand.

For the Knicks, the decision to move on from Porzingis couldn't have been easy, but he had reportedly been growing discontent being with the team.

If the Knicks get a superstar or two this summer with all the cap space they opened up on Thursday, they'll be vindicated.

  • Lawrence Cooper