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Mavericks to acquire Kristaps Porzingis from Knicks

Mavericks to acquire Kristaps Porzingis from Knicks

The New York Knicks traded All-Star forward Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks, paving the way for an exciting new National Basketball Association team up with rookie sensation Luka Doncic.

That was a seven-player swap with the Dallas Mavericks that also netted NY two future first-round draft picks and possibly enough room to afford two top free agents this summer.

Jordan and Matthews are veterans on expiring contracts, which obviously impressed the Knicks and contributed towards this deal. "When you try to think about how you want to build your team for the long term, you don't want to commit a max [contract] to a player who clearly says to you he doesn't want to be here".

Porzingis, 23, has been out since last February after tearing his ACL. DeAndre Jordan, Wes Matthews and "future first-round compensation" will go to NY.

Kristaps Porzingis #6 of the New York Knicks is introduced prior to the game against the LA Clippers on November 20, 2017 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. Then the Knicks will be set up to be big spenders - perhaps for two top players - in a free agent market that could include Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving and more. They struck out on the A-listers that summer, signing Amar'e Stoudemire to a huge contract when the three headliners instead teamed up in Miami. The Knicks famously passed on him in the 2017 NBA Draft for Frank Ntilikina.

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The Mavericks are hoping to re-sign Porzingis, who will be a free agent, to a long-term deal in the offseason.

"He loves Luka and Dirk", a source told ESPN about Porzingis, whose other option would be to sacrifice millions by playing on a one-year qualifying offer. That's a lot of money to commit to someone with Porzingis' injury, potentially without seeing him play beforehand.

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

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.

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