Well ... that was quick. Kristaps Porzingis is now a Dallas Maverick.
Sources: New York and Dallas have agreed in principle on a trade sending package around Kristaps Porzingis for Dennis Smith Jr. Wes Matthews, other contracts, and picks going to New York, and Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke among players going to Dallas. Sides finishing final terms.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 31, 2019
Sources: Full players involved in Knicks/Mavericks deal:— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 31, 2019
Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee, Trey Burke to Dallas.
Dennis Smith Jr., Wes Matthews, DeAndre Jordan and likely first-round draft pick compensation to New York.
The Western Conference is a nightmare fueled thunderdome of pain, and it just got more intense. Utah’s got to ante up before the competition get more fierce.
The NBA Trade Deadline has lost its damn mind. Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelbourne of ESPN.com are reporting that Kristaps Porzingis is not happy in New York nor content with their culture and direction as a team. Many around the league expect New York to began discussing moving the unicorn to greener pastures.
Porzingis, sidelined for nearly a year with an ACL injury, can become a restricted free agent this summer. Increasing tensions on both sides could culminate with the Knicks initiating trade talks prior to Thursday’s trade deadline or in the offseason to move Porzingis out of New York, league sources said.
His uncertain standing with the Knicks has been the focus of multiple teams around the league, who’ve wondered if there would be pathway to acquire him, front office sources told ESPN.
Reporting with @ZachLowe and @RamonaShelburne: In meeting with management today, Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis expressed his concern with the losing, franchise direction and an uncertainty that a culture is developing that will enable sustainable organizational success.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 31, 2019
Kristaps Porzingis left the Knicks with the impression that he prefers to be traded, league sources tell @ramonashelburne and me. Knicks are expected to commence discussions on moving him ahead of next Thursday's deadline.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 31, 2019
While it remains to be seen what teams New York would be interested in engaging in trade negotiations with, the market for Kristaps Porzingis is sure to be just as crowded as the one for Anthony Davis, if not more so. Porzingis is a RFA and a team has the prospect of keeping him for four more years. If you’re a small market team like Utah, this is a prime opportunity to throw the house at New York in order to pair Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert with another star and not have to worry about them leaving for 3-4 years.
What looked to be a slow trade deadline has now become a madhouse.