Mavericks Acquire Kristaps Porzingis

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The New York Knicks traded the centerpiece of their franchise, Kristaps Porzingis, to the Dallas Mavericks on January 31, 2019. This details include Dallas receiving Kristaps Porzingis, Courtney Lee, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Trey Burke in exchange for Dennis Smith Jr., Deandre Jordan, Wesley Matthews, and two future first round draft picks. This deal came as a surprise, as it was finalized only hours after Porzingis requested a trade out of New York. Reporters speculated New York could have got a better return if they waited to hear more offers.

Dallas’ intent is very clear, as they needed a co-star to pair with their flourishing rookie, Luka Doncic. Porzingis fits this mold, as he has been productive in his first few seasons averaging 22.7 points per game last year. This was a risky move for the Mavs because Porzingis becomes a free agent this offseason and there was a possibility he could leave after only half a season in Dallas. Fortunately Maverick fans have nothing to worry about because Kristaps has already told the organization he plans to sign with the team long term. At the ages of 19 and 23 Doncic and Porzingis could become a dominant pair for years to come.

With Porzingis not planning on resigning, the Knicks were able to trade him for two first round picks which can be used to help rebuild their terrible roster. Another positive for the Knicks is they cleared cap space in hopes of signing some big market free agents this offseason. New York has the possibility to sign Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and draft Zion Williamson which could turn this struggling franchise around. Although the Mavericks got the best player out of this trade, both teams could win this trade if New York has a good offseason.