Did the Knicks make the right decision?
The New York Knicks were provided a list of four teams Kristaps Porzingis deemed acceptable as trade partners.
"The Knicks, meanwhile, were told Porzingis was prepared to leave the team and continue his knee rehabilitation in Spain if he was not moved by this week's league trade deadline."By unloading Hardaway Jr.'s and Lee's expensive contracts and likely buying out Jordan and Matthews, the Knicks will have the cap space to pursue Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant this summer.
Knicks GM Scott Perry said the Knicks were aware of Porzingis' displeasure with the direction of the franchise in recent weeks.More news: STREAM: Puppy Bowl 2019
He's already dreaming of the ways to use Porzingis, a 7-foot-3 center/forward, and his prized rookie phenom Luka Doncic, together as a one-two punch in the National Basketball Association.
There has been a strong disconnect between Porzingis and Knicks management in recent years, and it culminated in Thursday's meeting.
When Porzingis was asked at his introductory press conference on Monday if he'd like to sign a long-term deal, Cuban quickly interjected: "I can answer that for you".More news: Eagles expected to exercise Foles' $20M option to facilitate trade
"I see two guys who are going to put their own signature on their positions", Nelson said.
Obviously, there were some underlying issues between the Knicks and Porzingis that worked to sour his relationship with the team.
But multiple teams interested in making an offer for Porzingis said that they were unable to do so before NY traded Porzingis to Dallas, league sources said. The Knicks gets two future first-round picks.
What's Kristaps Porzingis up to? So the Knicks trading away Porzingis, an all-star who averaged 18.1 and 22.7 points a game over the last two seasons, seemed ridiculous.More news: Celtics' Kyrie Irving cheered by MSG crowd during player introductions
Clearly, the future is all about Porzingis pairing with Doncic, the 6-7 Slovenian guard who swept the first three rookie of the month awards and is leading the Mavericks in scoring.