Kristaps Porzingis met with New York Knicks management on Thursday afternoon to express his desire to be traded. A few hours later, Porzingis got his wish.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Knicks have agreed to trade Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr and Courtney Lee to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Dennis Smith Jr, DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Matthews. The news broke moments ago and Woj notes that there may be more draft picks included in the deal.
New York has agreed with Dallas on trade that includes Kristaps Porzingis, Courtney Lee, Tim Hardaway Jr., for Wesley Matthews, Dennis Smith Jr. and DeAndre Jordan, league sources tell ESPN. Players and agents are being notified of particulars. Deal may include more draft assets.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 31, 2019
Porzingis, who the Knicks selected 4th overall in 2015, was averaging a career-best 22.7 points per game last season before he went down with an ACL injury prior to the All-Star break in 2018.
For the Mavs, this is about giving Luka Doncic a co-star to build around for, ideally, the next decade-plus. For the Knicks, this is about creating the cap room to chase two maximum-salary free agents this summer, and severing ties with a player who has reportedly been dissatisfied with the direction of the organization. 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 to play at Madison Square Garden.