Bye bye Kristaps Porzingis
ESPN dropped a report on Thursday that New York Knicks star forward Kristaps Porzingis is concerned with the team’s direction and that they may end up trading him before next week’s deadline.
Now Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN is reporting that the Knicks are trading Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Mathews.
This is a great move for the Knicks. While Porzingis is a very promising player, he never really bought into what the Knicks were doing.
This move also allows New York to sign two free agents to max contracts this summer with Hardaway and Lee no longer on the team.
The Knicks are expected to of course go after Kryie Irving and Kevin Durant. if they’re unable to get Irving, at least they will have a good point guard in Smith.
Jordan is a good center, but if the Knicks don’t want him, they can let him walk as a free agent this summer. The same goes for Mathews who’s contract will expire after this season.
This move allows the Knicks to make an upgrade at the point guard position and free up cap space for the summer.
This is a start of something new for the Knicks. Don’t forget, KP was a Phil Jackson draft pick. They can now build around guys like Kevin Knox, Allonzo Trier and Mitchell Robinson.
Oh and the Knicks will have a top-10 pick in this year’s draft.
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