Just as the saga between Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans was taking more twists and turns, word emerged Thursday morning that Kristaps Porzingis met with the New York Knicks to voice some of his frustration and concern with the franchise's direction. But this also made it a tough sell for another team to give up blue-chip prospects or draft picks for him without knowing how he'll look coming off a serious knee injury. He and Donic could be a unsafe tandem, but if he absconds as soon as possible then this trade could be viewed differently - particularly if the Knicks' ideal offseason plays out.
Porzingis hasn't played in the 2018-19 season as he continues to recover from an ACL injury he suffered past year. NY will bring back Dennis Smith Jr. and clear a bunch of salary in the deal, receiving the expiring contracts of DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Matthews and sending Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee to the Mavericks.
It appears Kristaps Porzingis can't get to Dallas fast enough for Mark Cuban.
The Knicks (10-40) have the worst record in the National Basketball Association and are already going to get a high pick in the entry draft.
Of course, the February game that saw Porzingis' demise was ultimately his last time in a Knicks uniform.
Porzingis will also be a restricted free agent this summer, and any team trading for him will have to pay him huge money.
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. Porzingis signing the qualifying offer, however, would change the outlook of this trade. But they declined to give him a contract extension before this season - they say he was in agreement with that decision - and now by trading him and Hardaway seem instead to be gearing up to pursue players in free agency, with almost $70 million in cap space.